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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 Barley Mow

NAME BARLEY MOW
ADDRESS DERBY LANE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
? ? BARLEY MOW
1762 1863 BLACK MOOR'S HEAD
BLACKAMOOR'S HEAD
1863 c1868 DERBY ARMS
A mow is a stack, in this case of barley. The sign of the barley mow was simply an indication that beer was being sold.

In 1756 four soldiers were billeted here. In a lease the Barley Mow is said to be next door to the Sun Tavern. By 1762 it had become the BLACKAMOOR'S HEAD.

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