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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 Black Bear Inn

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Once the through road to the "Great Park", one of Coventry's most ancient and appropriately named streets is Much Park Street, seen here in 1912.

NAME BLACK BEAR INN
ADDRESS MUCH PARK STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1684 BLACK BEAR
1714 1768 COACH AND HORSES, OLD COACH AND HORSES
1778 1781 HALF MOON AND SEVEN STARS
MOON AND SEVEN STARS
SEVEN STARS, St Michael's Parish
1781 1925 COACH AND HORSES
Wilson states that the Black Bear Inn on Much Park Street was subsequently the COACH AND HORSES, then the HALF MOON AND SEVEN STARS, before reverting to the COACH AND HORSES.

Mike Underwood of Leyland, Lancashire, has sent me a copy of a page of his family bible, where it states that in 1684 Charles Milward, the licensee of the Black Bare in Much park Street, was sent this bible by Quartermaster Frances Lane of London.
Known Licensees are;
1684 Charles Milward
1706 Thomas Roberts senior
? John Hodgetss
? Elizabeth Ratliff
1793 Cleophas Ratliff
1822 - 1823 H. Ryley
1835 William Ryley
1841 Henry Bird
1850 William Oakes
1861 - 1874 Benjamin Smart, a tailor
1879 Henry Jennings
1881 Mary Russell
1886 R. Suddaby
1890 - 1896 J. Lynch
1903 G. W. Shutt
1905 F. Collyer
1909 G. Kirk
1911 - 1913 Frank J. W. Sketchley
1919 - 1922 Charles Twigger
1924 P. J. Cleverley
Owners
1793 Richard (I) Hopkins
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