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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 Bluebell

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Greyfriars Lane. The Bluebell was opposite Ford's Hospital, shown here on the right

NAME BLUEBELL
ADDRESS GREYFRIARS LANE
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1756 1884 (1909) BELL, BLUEBELL
1874 1939 CHEYLESMORE INN
In 1756, six soldiers were billeted here. The name seemed to vary over the years between Bell and Bluebell. J. Jeps in 1868 seems to be the same as Jennifer Jeffs. This became theCHEYLESMORE INN c1896 although there seems to have been some confusion about the name for the following ten years. J. Roberts in 1905 and G. K. Driver in 1909 are licensees of the Bell according to Robertson & Gray's Directory, yet in Phillips & Marriott's Property Register they are licensees of the Cheylesmore !.

Known Licensees at the BELL are;
1828 - 1829 Sarah Suckling
1841 William Pearson
1845 J. Cooper
1850 - 1851 Elizabeth Jephcott
1861 William Jeffs
1868 Jennifer Jeffs ( J. Jeps ) ( wife of William Jeffs )
1871 - 1879 William King
1881 - 1886 Thomas Oates ( Oats )
1905 J. Roberts
1909 G. K. Driver

Known Licensees at the CHEYLESMORE INN are;
1874 George Hollick
1890 - 1896 G. Barnett
1898 - 1905 Jonathan Roberts
1905 - 1906 Walter Ebourne
1907 George Knight Driver
1909 Charles Taylor
1910 - 1922 Joseph Smith
1924 - 1934 A. G. Maisey
1935 Patrick Joseph McGreal
1935 Arthur Edward Haymes (see also Woolpack, Spon Street 1939 - 1960)

Owners
1874 George Hollick
1874 - 1891 Mrs. Sarah Hollick
1891 Sarah Harris ( same as above, remarried )
1891 - 1896 Charles Webb Iliffe
1896 - 1924 Phillips & Marriott
from 1924 Bass
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