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The Blue Pig

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Gosford Street in 1924

NAME THE BLUE PIG
ALTERNATIVE NAMES BLUE BOAR
ADDRESS 33 GOSFORD STREET
The boar was the heraldic emblem of Richard III but I can't say why this one is blue. It could also be a reference to the old custom of serving a boar's head at feasts, especially Christmas. The pub was often referred to as the BLUE BOAR

In 1756 two soldiers were billeted here. In 1774 there was an auction at the house of Thomas Wilday, the Blue Boar, Gosford Street. In the 1860's Blondin, the great tightrope walker visited Coventry and walked from the top of the Sydenham Palace to the fields behind the Blue Pig. By 1907 it was closed together with the Sun Dial, Lord Street, in consideration of a new license for the Albany Hotel, Albany Road. Note the longevity of Thomas Gardner, licensee for at least 36 years and the fact that he was also a maltster.
Known Licensees are;
1774 Thomas Wilday
1822 - 1823 Robert Riley
1835 - 1872 Thomas Gardner also a maltster
1872 - 1874 Jane Gardner (wife of Thomas)
1879 George William Gardner
1881 Edwin Benford
1886 - 1893 William Attenborough
1894 - 1905 Joseph Haycock

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1756 Alderman Hewitt 2 soldiers billeted

9.4.1774 JA34 JCM Auction on Tuesday 24 May at house of Thomas Wilday, the Blue Boar, Gosford Street

c1800 COC P41 mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1860's JA34 The great tightrope walker Blondin visited Coventry in the 1860's and ' gave an exiting exhibition, walking from the top of Sydenham Palace to the fields behind the Blue Pig at Gosford Street '.

3.5.1872 JA63 CH&O Transfer of license from Thomas Gardner to Jane Gardner

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P18 BLUE PIG, Gosford Street Alehouse
Owner : Henry Willford, Smithford Street
Licensee : George William Gardner
1.5.1880 TOL to Edwin Benford
16.3.1882 TOL to Henry Willford and Thomas Henry Greasley
10.8.1882 TOL to William Attenborough
26.10.1893 TOL to Joseph Maycock

1887 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

1907 Police Closed ( with Sun Dial, Lord Street ) in consideration of the new license for Albany Hotel, Albany Road.

LICENSEES

1774 JA34 CCM Thomas Wilday

1822/23 Pigot Robert Riley Blue Boar

1828/29 Pigot Benjamin Lole Blue Pig

1835 Pigot Thomas Gardner " "

1841 Pigot Thomas Gardner

1841 Census Thomas Gardner 40 yo b Wks & lots

1845 Kelly T. Gardner Blue Pig

1850 CS Thomas Gardner " "

1851 Census Thomas Gardner 54 yo b Locksey, Wks m Jane, 40 & 3d, 2s

1861 Census Thomas Gardner 62 yo maltster b Coventry m Jane, 50 & 3d, 2s

1868 Buchanan Thomas Gardner Blue Boar

1871 Census Thomas Gardner 72 yo publican & maltster b Loxley m Jane, 59

1872 JA63 CH&O Thomas Gardner [ & 1d, 1s

1872 JA63 CH&O Jane Gardner

1874 C&B Jane Gardner Blue Pig
1878 LJ Vol1 P18 George William Gardner
1879 Stevens George William Gardner Blue Boar
1880 LJ Vol1 P18 George William Gardner
1880 LJ Vol1 P18 Edwin Benford
1881 C&B Edward Benford Blue Boar
1882 LJ Vol1 P18 Edwin Benford
1882 LJ Vol1 P18 Henry Willford and Thomas Henry Greasley
1882 LJ Vol1 P18 William Attenborough
1886 C&B Wiiliam Attenborough Blue Boar

1890/91 R&G Wiiliam Attenborough Blue Pig

1893 Reporter Wiiliam Attenborough Blue Boar
1893 LJ Vol1 P18 William Attenborough
1893 LJ Vol1 P18 Joseph Haycock
1894 R&G Joseph Haycock Blue Boar

1896 R&G Joseph Haycock Blue Boar

1898 LJ Vol1 P18 Joseph Haycock
1903 R&G Joseph Haycock Blue Boar

1905 R&G Joseph Haycock Blue Boar

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P18 Henry Willford, Smithford Street
1898 LJ Vol1 P18 Henry Willford, Smithford Street

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