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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 Bell Inn

The bell is a distinctive yet simple shape which has greatly appealed to sign makers over the centuries. Church bells or hand bells are usually those referred to in pub signs.

The first mention we have found is in 1847 when the BELL and tenament, along with the brewery on Leicester Causeway and nine other pubs, all in the occupation of Messrs John Jordan & Co, were auctioned. The pub was later owned by Ratliffs until their take-over by Phillips and Marriott in 1899. At this time the pub was valued at £1000 plus £50 for the adjoining land. At this time it had a beer-only license. The early licensees did not earn a living solely by running this village pub but had other occupations too. Walter Probert died in 1912 and his gravestone can be seen in St Thomas's churchyard. The original pub was replaced by a modern one, built in front of the original building in 1962..

Known Licensees are;
1841 John & Mary Goode ( Goods ) (also a sawyer)
? William Goode
? John Neale
1850 John Foster ( beerhouse keeper and butcher )
1851 Thomas Wilkinson ( agricultural labourer and beerhouse keeper )
1879 - 1912 Walter Probert (also a farmer, collector of poor rates and the King's taxes)
1912 - 1932 Arthur Morris
1936 - 1940 Henry Clarke Bennett
1940 - 1960 J Harry Ward (see also Foleshiil Old Hall, Crow in the Oak, Foleshill, and Castle Vaults, Broadgate)
1962 -1968 Derek Kent

1847 Messrs John Jordan & Co
1873 - 1899 Ratliff
1899 Phillips & Marriott
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