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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 Bantam Hotel

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NAME BANTAM HOTEL
ADDRESS HEN LANE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1936 1936 TOM O' BEDLAM
1936 1937 PLUME OF FEATHERS
1937 1995 BANTAM HOTEL / INN

The site of the Bantam was previously a small marshy pond where marsh marigolds grew. Next to this was Jones's woodyard, the wheelwrights, with allotments behind and opposite the farm gate to Faulke's Farm.

The pub opened in 1936 as the TOM O' BEDLAM, soon becoming 'The PLUME OF FEATHERS', the emblem of the very popular Prince of Wales who became King Edward VIII in 1936. However, when Edward VIII was deemed to have disgraced himself by marrying Mrs Wallis Simpson and abdicating, the name was rapidly changed to 'The Bantam'. This name came from the nickname of a local regiment in World War I, later being applied to Coventry City F.C.

With the pub being in Hen Lane, the name Bantam must have seemed an obvious choice. In 1995 the pub was destroyed by fire and not rebuilt, instead being replaced by housing. The licensee in the early 1960s, Tommy Wall, was an ex-fairground wall-of-death rider.

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