This pub, near the Five Ways roundabout, has an unusual name. In the 19th century the owner, Mercedes Griffiths, had a small cottage with a licence to sell beers and ales. She made many applications to be able to sell wines and spirits as well, but was always refused on the grounds that her premises were too small. Eventually she was able to buy the cottage next door, and so the ‘case was altered’, and she got her full licence. The road it stands in has also been renamed ‘Case Lane’ after the pub.
Other ‘The Case is Altered’ pubs
A search on the internet reveals that this name is not unique to this pub in Warwickshire, with various explanations for the name elsewhere (though usually involving a court case).
The pub sign
I am told that this used to show lawyers in their wigs, but has now been changed to the beer barrel shown in the photos.
Does anyone have a photo of the previous sign? If so please send it in and we’ll add it to this post.
This series of articles is inspired by the publication ‘Little Known Warwickshire’ based on talks given by A.W. Winterburn of Leamington Spa.