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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 Angel Hotel

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NAME ANGEL HOTEL
ALTERNATIVE NAMES ANGEL INN
ADDRESS STATION STREET WEST
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES FOLESHILL ROAD, CARPENTERS LANE
This is a sign used since the Middle Ages reflecting the connection between religious establishments and travellers' inns and hostels at that time. This was originally a farmhouse, which perhaps explains its position in a sort of no man's land behind the General Wolfe and between Foleshill Road and Station Street West (see 1905 map below). The first known reference to this pub is in the 1861 Cenus, where the licensee, Olivia Hunt, is called a baker and retailer of beer, so at this date it was a beerhouse. It is also mentioned on 2nd March 1866 when an inquest was held there, buit does not appear in directories as a pub until 1892.

It stands on what was once the Great Heath estate. Adjoining the pub were the pitches of the Lilywhite Sports Club, the official name of the Great Heath Football Club, who used the Angel as their dressing rooms. In 1901 the Foleshill Lilywhite fete was held on these fields but I am afraid I have no idea what the relevance of 'Lilywhite' is.
Known licensees
1861 Olivia Hunt, baker and retailer of beer
1892 - 1905 Mark Dalton
1909 William J. Lissaman
1911 - 1913 John Rollason
1913 - 1919 Alfred Chaplin
1921 J. Bishop
1924 - 1940 William Ward

1961 Leo Thompson (above)
1968 - 1970 Glyn Orchard
1985 George Hamilton

Owners
1961 - 1985 Ansells
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