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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 Dog

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The Black Dog, Whitefriars Street c1960. The Black Dog ceased to be a pub in 1923. To the right of it was another pair of weavers houses with an entry in-between which led to Court No3 (see below). Note the gratings in front of each house which suggest they were all built with coal cellars. Thanks to The Dutchman for the photo.

NAME BLACK DOG
ADDRESS 26 WHITEFRIARS STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 40 WHITEFRIARS STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1835 1850 BEERHOUSE, Whitefriars Street and BEERHOUSE, Whitefriars Lane
1850 1919 BLACK DOG, Whitefriars Street
BLACK DOVE

The 'Black Dog of Arden' was Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, in the early fourteenth century. He was one of those who plotted to kill Pier Gaveston, favourite of Edward II, in 1312. There is also a Black Dog in Southam.

This was also the Beerhouse, Whitefriars Lane between 1835 and 1850. This pub appears in the will of 1869 of J. Edwards. In a footnote it states that J. Edwards kept the Black Dove in Whitefriars Street in 1850. We believe this is an error for the Black Dog.

Although the pub closed on 18.2.1913, it is said that the Black Dog Inn sign could still be seen until the mid 1970's.

Known licenses at the BEERHOUSE are;
1850 - 1851 Joseph Edwards

Known licenses at the BLACK DOG/DOVE are;
1861 William Brain
1866 Thomas Bates
1866 William Standbridge
1868 Thomas Townsend
1871 Anna Maria Townsend
1874 - 1894 Walter Chatland
1896 Joseph H. Lawton
1903 H. Stringer
1905 J. Lathbury
1909 F. Jackson
1911 - 1912 John W. Dutson
1912 - 1913 C. Jenkyns
1919 Emily Martin ( Inn, No 40 )

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Dict PN The ' Black Dog of Arden ' was Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick in the early fourteenth century. He was one of those who plotted to kill Piers Gaveston, favourite of Edward II in 1312. There is also a Black Dog at Southam

1835 - 1850 See BEERHOUSE, Whitefriars Lane

1850 CR 101/8/211 1869 will of J. Edwards. Footnote : J. Edwards kept the BLACK DOVE in Whitefriars Street in 1850.

We believe this was the BLACK DOG

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.9.1866 JA125 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Bates to William Standbridge

9.11.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from William Standbridge to Thomas Townsend

27.9.1872 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Ann Townsend to Walter Chatland

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P10 Owner : Mrs Lee, Hertford Terrace
later Walter Chatland
Licensee : Walter Chatland
14.5.1896 TOL to Joseph Henry Lawton

LICENSEES

1850 CR 101/8/211 J. Edwards. [ Pub not named

1851 Census Joseph Edwards licensed victualler & weaver, Whitefriars Street

1861 Census Willaim Brain publican & servant, 26 Whitefriars Street

1866 JA125 CS Thomas Bates

1866 JA125 CS William Standbridge
1867 JA141 CS William Standbridge

1867 JA141 CS Thomas Townsend

1868 Buchanan T. Townsend

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Townsend

1871 Census Ann Maria Townsend 38 yo b Coventry widow & 1d, 1s
1872 JA141 CS Ann Townsend

1872 JA141 CS Walter Chatland

1874 C&B W. Chatland
1878 LJ Vol 1 P10 Walter Chatland
1879 Stevens Walter Chatland
1881 C&B W. Chatland
1886 C&B W. Chatland
1890/91 R&G W. Chatland
1893 Reporter W. Chatland
1894 R&G W. Chatland
1896 LJ Vol 1 P10 Walter Chatland
1896 LJ Vol 1 P10 Joseph Henry Lawton
1896 R&G Joseph H. Lawton
1898 LJ Vol 1 P10 Joseph Henry Lawton
1903 R&G H. Stringer
1905 R&G J. Lathbury
1909 R&G F. Jackson
1911/12 Spennell John W. Dutson
1912/13 Spennell C.Jenkyns
1919 Spennell Emily Martin Inn, No 40

OWNERS

1878 - 1898 LJ Vol 1 P10 Owner : Mrs Lee, Hertford Terrace
later Walter Chatland

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