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Here is what we think is the only comprehensive record of pubs and beerhouses within the Coventry city boundaries going back as far as available records allow. This is an ongoing project so contributions, corrections or additions to this archive, especially anecdotes, photos and media are most welcome. Feel free to contact us for a pint and a chat anytime.

The Acorn

photo of The Acorn
'The Acorn' was on the corner of Cox Street and Jordan Well

NAME ACORN
ADDRESS 1, COX STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES JORDAN WELL, MILL LANE, COOK STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1859   ADAM AND EVE
c1862 1961 ACORN
The name is probably an allusion to the pub’s small size. It was said to date back to the mid eighteenth century at its closure in 1961. The site on the corner of Cox Street and Jordan Well is now occupied by Coventry University.
Recorded licensees are
1868 to 1874 Thomas and Jane Cole
1879 to 1886 William Henry Gardner
1890 to 1912 George Wilson
1919 Henry Thomas Moore
1920 to 1935 Alfred Elton
1937 to 1939 M. Hurst
And the last licensee Harold Wright 1955 -1961 (see also Golden Cup, Far Gosford Street)

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Dict PN Possibly an allusion to the pub's small size

14.3.1862 JA67 CH&O Auction of executors of the late John Buckingham - Very superior tavern and spirit shop, relatively new within three years, brewing plant, the ACORN INN, Jordan Well and Cox Street.

1863 JA137 Transfer of license from John Buckingham to James Deacon

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P18 ACORN, Cox Street Alehouse
Owner John Smith, White Street, Coventry
Licensee : William Henry Gardner
3.11.1887 TOL to George Wilson
30.9.1895 fined £ 7/10s & costs £ 2/1/6 for permitting betting on the 18th Sept on his licensed premises

17.1.1961 Citypubs 34 The Acorn Inn, the history of which dates back nearly 200 years. The Acorn is now closed and awaits demolition contractors to make way for Coventry's redevelopement.

1961 Closed

LICENSEES

1859 - 1862 JA67 CH&O John Buckingham

1863 JA137 John Buckingham

1863 JA137 James Deacon

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Cole

1871 Census Thomas Cole 60 yo b Coventry m Jane B., 58 & 1d

1874 C&B Jane Cole
1878 LJ Vol1 P18 William Henry Gardner
1879 Stevens William Henry Gardner

1881 C&B W. H. Gardner

1886 C&B W. H. Gardner
1887 LJ Vol1 P18 William Henry Gardner
1887 LJ Vol1 P18 George Wilson
1890/91 R&G G. Wilson

1893 Reporter G. Wilson

1894 R&G G. Wilson

1896 R&G G. Wilson

1903 R&G G. Wilson

1905 R&G G. Wilson

1909 R&G G. Wilson

1910 LVOA G. Wilson

1911/12 Spennell George Wilson

1912/13 Spennell George Wilson

1919 Spennell Henry Thomas Moore

1920/21 Spennell Alfred Elton

1924 P. James A. Elton

1926/27 P. James A. Elton

1929 P. James A. Elton

1931/32 P. James A. Elton

1933/34 P. James A. Elton

1935/36 P. James A. Elton

1937/38 P. James M. Hurst

1939/40 P. James M. Hurst

1953 LTSD

1955/56 Barrett Not listed in street section

1957 Barrett Not listed in street section

1960 Barrett Not listed in street section

1961 Barrett Not listed in street section

1961 Citypubs 34 Harold Wright Last licensee

1962 Barrett Not listed in street section

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P18 John Smith, White Street, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol1 P18 John Smith, White Street, Coventry

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