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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 Ball Inn

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NAME BALL
ADDRESS BISHOP STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESS MISFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS ALSO KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1787 c1822 BALL INN
c1822 1848 GOLDEN BALL
1848 1848 OLD BALL
1848 1871 GOLDEN BALL
1871 1874 THREE HORSESHOES

This pub is only known from one directory, Whites of 1874. It is thought to have been previously the GOLDEN BALL

This sign was used by many tradesmen in the past, probably because it was a simple visual symbol. It appears to have no heraldic or religious significance. The royal orb is linked with Constantine the Great, who adopted a golden globe as a symbol and added a cross to it later when he was converted to Christianity.

In 1787 an auction was hekd at the sign of the BALL, and in 1801 it was adverised to let. By 1874 it ihas become the THREE HORSESHOES, although this was at No 40

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Dict PN The convenience of this visual symbol has made it a popular sign since the fifteenth censtury.

16.4.1787 JA34 JCM To be sold to the best bidder at the dwelling of Anthony Rawlins known as the sign of the Ball, Bishop Street.

c1800 COC P42 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1822 JA25 CCA/2/3/310/24-25 Lease and release dated 20 & 21.12.1822 auction of a messuage at Joseph Dunn's Ball Inn. No address given

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Will of Edward ( II ) Phillips left to Alfred Phillips. Occupied by T. Elton

c1837 CR 101/8/732 Left of W. H. Buckland

23.5.1848 JA62 CH&O Transfer of license of Old Ball, Bishop Street from James Keene to

- ? - Gillings

from 1822 JA69 GOLDEN BALL

LICENSEES

1787 JA34 JCM Anthony Rawlins

1822 JA25 CCA/2/3/310/24-25 Joseph Dunn

1837 CR101/8/731 T. Elron

OWNERS

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Edward ( II ) Phillips

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Alfred Phillips.

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