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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.

Bayley's

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Previously The Newt and Cucumber, Bayley Lane. It later became a trendy wine bar called 'Bayley's' before being a restaurant

NAME BAYLEY'S
ADDRESS BAYLEY LANE

THIS PREMISES WAS ALSO KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

FROM TO KNOWN AS
1993 ???? NEWT AND CUCUMBER
???? 2010 NEWTZ
2010 2013 BAYLEY'S

Before the pub this site was occupied by St. Michaels Baptist Church, otherwise known as Hay Lane Baptist Church. It was destroyed in the blitz of 1940 and afterwards the cellars were filled with water and used as a temporary static water tank. This temporary measure lasted for 50 years. In 1990, whilst the lead-lined concrete base of the tank was being channelled for services and drains at over 3 metres below the surface of Hay Lane, the castle ditch to Coventry castle was found. It ran north-south parallel with the lane and under the listed houses on the east side of the lane and was said to be of a massive size. No other features survived at this immense depth.

It opened on 18th May 1993. The NEWT AND CUCUMBER was later renamed NEWTZ and later BAYLEY'S

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The Newt & Cucumber was built on the site of St. Michael's Baptist Church which was gutted in the blitz, the land it stood on left derelict for many years.

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The spire of St. Michael's Baptist Church can be seen here behind 22 Bayley Lane . It stood on the corner of Hay Lane and Bayley Lane and was destroyed in the Blitz. Thanks to the Dutchman for photos and info.

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