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CHURCH STREET
St. MARGARETS LANE
St MARGARET - CLOSED 1846?
STEWARD & Co Freehold owned by Finch & Steward.
Licensees :
THOMAS TALLOWIN 1836
HENRY ROYALL 1839
JOHN SEELEY
(Killed 13th February 1844)
1842 - February 1844
THOMAS DAY
according to Magistrates
1845
JOHN HOWARD
according to White
1845

An inquest into the death of John Seeley, aged 65, was held at the PLOUGH, St. Benedicts, at 6 p.m. on the day of his death, Thursday 13th February 1844.
The COOPERS ARMS was described as `one of those infamous houses which abound in the City'.
Mrs Mary Ann Seeley, aged about 40, and wife of the deceased said that he had struck her and accusations that she had hit him with a poker were incorrect.
It was heard that females of very ordinary character often came in and went upstairs with men; the house was in fact a common brothel, one of the worst in the City and had been the disgrace of the neighbourhood for years.
Several witnesses claimed that Mr. Seeley had complained earlier in the day that his wife had been drunk and had struck him in the chest with a poker. He was feeling unwell as a consequence. He died in the afternoon.
Mrs. Seeley was remanded to the City Gaol pending a post mortem.

Not supplied by Steward & Co after 1846.

June 1846 - Estate Agent John Cossey was at the Coopers Arms and saw an iron pan there. Later Mr. R. B. Woods saw 19 year old Frederick Able going across St Margaret's church-yard with an iron pan and when seen Able ran away. Assisted by John Robinson,  Woods caught Able and the pan, the property of P. Finch Esq., was found to fit the vacant position at the Inn.
Sentenced to seven years' transportation, Able thanked the Bench saying he did not know that he had seven years to live.