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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

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Tile Hill, Coventry. Photo © David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Looking up Station Road towards the shops at the crossroads with Tile Hill Lane. On the left is the Bell Inn.

NAME BELL
ADDRESS STATION AVENUE, TILE HILL
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES WESTWOOD, STONELEIGH
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1850 1850 WHEELWRIGHTS ARMS
1856 present THE BELL INN, BELL IN THE TREE
The bell has a distinctive yet simple shape which has greatly appealed to sign makers through the centuries. Church bells or hand bells are those mainly referred to on pub signs.

Westwood and Tile Hill were once part of the Stoneleigh Estate of Lord Leigh, hence the altenative address of Stoneleigh. The pub has been much modernised and lies near to Tile Hill railway station
Between 1850 and 1856 this was the Wheelwrights Arms. From 1856 it was the Bell, sometimes the Bell in the Tree.
We have a description of the pub in 1906. Then it was a simple ale house with stone floors, scrubbed wooden tables and barrels of Phillips & Marriotts on the bar. The customers were mainly farmers and their labourers, topped up on high days and holidays by the occasional charabanc load from Coventry. On New Years Day, the licensee would put on a huge supper for the villagers. Trestle tables were laid out in the room upstairs, groaning under the weight of great joints of beef, lamb and pork.

Known Licensees are;
1863 - 1876 Mark Chattaway
1880 Mrs Emma Chattaway
1888 - 1892 George Molesworth
1900 - 1908 Mrs Emma Molesworth
1912 Ernest Oxberrow
1921 - 1940 Frank Bull
1958 - 1961 onwards H.V. Taylor (previously at the Smithfield Hotel, Hales Street from 1939 -1958)
to 2014 Sarah Walker (see also at Newlands, Tile Hill Lane 2014 0nwards)
2014 to present Rebecca Field

Owners; 1906 Mr Dingley
newspaper clipping

A Coventry Evening Telegraph newspaper article from 23rd September 1960

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Dict PN Apart from its distinctive sound, it has a conveniently distinctive, yet simple, shape which has greatly appealed to sign makers through the centuries. Church bells and hand bells are those mainly referred to in pub signs.

Westwood and Tile Hill were once part of the Stoneleigh Estate of the Lords Leigh. See Peeping Tom, Burton Green.

It seems likely that Emma Chattaway and Emma Molesworth are the same person re-marrying.

1850 - 1856 JA14 WHEELWRIGHTS ARMS

1856 JA BELL used for auctions

c1904 CSubs P136 Photo

c1917 CWL P 87&88 Photos

23.9.1960 Citypubs 10

1979 WRAG 2 Recently altered

1982 WRAG 3 What looks like an old pub which has been modernised. Many low beams inside. Close to Tile Hill railway station.

1983 Pubscrawl 80 Phil Dingley was seven when he swallowed his first half pint at the Bell in Tile Hill village. The date was 1906 ....... his dad owned the pub. Then it was a simple ale house with stone floors, scrubbed wooden tables and barrels of Phillips and Marriotts on the bar.

Now it is suburban ' olde worlde ' with a low, beamed, ceiling dating back as far as 1971, plush upholstry ........

When Phil Dingley was a lad, the Bell's customers were mainly farmers and their labourers, topped up on high days and holidays by the occassional charabanc load from the big bad city down the road.

On New Years Day his father would puton a huge supper for the villagers. Trestle tables were laid out in the room upstairs, groaning under the weight of great joints of beef, lamb and pork. It was the time of year we saw some buggers, Phil recalled.

LICENSEES

1861 Census Mark Chattaway

1863 Kelly Mark Chattaway Bell in the Tree

1868 Buchanan Mark Chattaway

1871 Census mark Chattaway

1874 White Mark Chattaway Bell in the Tree, Tile Hill

1876 Kelly Mark Chattaway Bell in the Tree, Tile Hill, Westwood

1880 Kelly Mrs Emma Chattaway

1888 Kelly George Molesworth

1892 Kelly George Molesworth

1900 Kelly Mrs Emma Molesworth

1904 Kelly Mrs Emma Molesworth

1908 Kelly Mrs Emma Molesworth

1912 Kelly Ernest Oxberrow

8.4.1921 P&M PR Frank Bull manager

1924 Kelly Frank Bull

1931/32 P. James Frank Bull

1933/34 P. James Frank Bull

1935/36 P. James Frank Bull

1937/38 P. James Frank Bull

1939/40 P. James Frank Bull

1966 Barrett

OWNERS

1921 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

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