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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 Binley Oak Hotel

This pub was named from a local ancient oak tree. The date of 1850 was set in stone in the front of the pub and a new facade was put on in 1895.

In 1859, a Mrs Kingston was murdered in a field near the Binley Oak Hotel. Sergeant Salmon acquired a door on which the body was placed and conveyed to the pub where the inquest was held, in the presence of the corpse, which was displayed in an outbuilding of the Binley Oak.

In 1926 the pub was sold by its owners, Charringtons Brewery. Its annual rent at that time was £140 for the pub, a billiard hall to the rear and a hairdressers shop and living accomodation at 47 Paynes Lane. In the 1980s it was described as a large pub close to the football ground, almost in the shadow of the floodlights, that is Coventry City's old ground at Highfield Road. It was described as a Victorian pub with a central serving area and two small bars. Coventry City Football Club used to train at the rear (this must be in what became the billiards hall).

It had closed by 2010 and was turned to Muslim community use.
Known licensees
1868 - 1890 James Butcher
1893 Willliam Nightingale
1894 - 1896 F. W. Nightingale
1903 - 1927 A. Harris William James Penn
1931 - 1934 E. W. Mason
1935 - 1938 T. H. Benton
1939 - 1940 H. Hayfield
1984 Mick Moore
Photo from 1913 showing the billiard hall on the left when it was the headquarters of Coventry City FC

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