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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 Bablake Boy

Map from 1888
This pub gets its name because it was owned by Bablake School.

In 1830 it is part of Scott's Charity and the tennant, William Webb, was given a 42 year lease. he was said to have substantially repaired and partially rebuilt the premises, which now comprise a public house called the Bablake Boy. From this we can surmise that the pub was relatively new at that date. In 1865 it was leased by William Webb for £26 per annum and was said to belong to Bablake School. Perhaps Scott's Charity was one of the school's charities.. In 1924 the license was surrendered for the granting of an off-beerhouse license to The Park Stores, Holbrooks Lane. The pub closed on 30th September 1924
Known Known Licensees are;
1841 Richard Taylor
1850 - 1871 Francis Welch
1874 A. Wood
1879 Robert Tipping
1881 J. Dunnicliff
1890 - 1903 G. Freeman
1905 - 1913 Mrs E. Putman
1919 Arthur Cleaver
1921 - 1924 T. Phillips
1865 Bablake School

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