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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 Bird in Hand


Cook Street in 1910

The proverbial saying, 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush ' is of great antiquity and may have suggested this sign, a popular one since the seventeenth century. Traditionally it was illustrated by a mailed fist on which a falcon was perched. The only known licensee was also a silk ribbon weaver
Known licensees
1850 - 1851 Edward Watson publican and silk ribbon weaver

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