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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 Boadicea


Market Street, 1940. photo courtesy Rob Orland

1829 1871 BOARD, 14 Market Place, SIDWELLS
1874 1881 STAR VAULTS, Market Street, STAR & BOARD
1887 1932 BOADICEA
Until 1885 this was the STAR VAULTS, or STAR AND BOARD, 14 Market Place. The name is a reference to the Queen of the Iceni, the British Queen. In 1929 the license was surrendered with that of the Fountain, Cross Cheaping, and transferred to the Burnt Post, Kenpas Highway.

Known Licensees at the BOARD are;
1829 Thomas Grimes
1868 - 1871 David Sidwell(s)

Known Licensees at SIDWELLS are;
1868 D. Sidwell

Known Licensees at the STAR VAULTS are;
1874 E. Wallen
1881 B. W. Hicks

Known Licensees at the BOADICEA are;
1886 A Seymour
1890/91 J. Williamson
1893 Jack Lee
1894 - 1896 A. H. Frith
1903 - 1922 William H. Cleaver
1924 - 1927 A. Weston
1929 - 1932 B. Farrell

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Name The Queen of the Iceni - the British Quenn

1811 - 1926 JA29 CCA/2/3/192 Deeds of the Boadicea Inn, Market Street, formerly the house & JA33 CCA/2/3/206 adjoining the Castle Inn, Cross Cheaping.

to 1885 STAR VAULTS ( STAR ), Market Place and BOARD, 14 Market Place.

1878 - 1898 LJ Vol1 P11 BOARD, Market Street Alehouse
Owner : Mary Ann Laxon, Coventry
later Ind Coope & Co
19.4.1888 TOL to William Farmer
1.11.1888 TOL to John Williamson
29.10.1891 TOL to William Reynolds
14.4.1892 TOL to Harry Allway
27.10.1892 TOL to George Edward Taylor
17.5.1893 TOL to Frederick William Townsend
1.3.1894 TOL to Arthur Henry Frith
26.11.1891 fined 20/- & costs for sale at prohibited hours

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

1929 Police License of the Fountain, Cross Cheaping, surrendered for the removal of the Boadicea.

1929 Police License transferred to the Burnt Post, Kenpas Highway


1886 C&B A. Seymour
1888 LJ Vol1 P11 William Farmer
1888 LJ Vol1 P11 John Williamson
1890/91 R&G J. Williamson
1891 LJ Vol1 P11 William Reynolds
1892 LJ Vol1 P11 William Reynolds
1892 LJ Vol1 P11 Harry Allway
1892 LJ Vol1 P11 George Edward Taylor
1893 LJ Vol1 P11 Frederick William Townsend
1893 Reporter Jack Lee This seems out of place
1894 LJ Vol1 P11 Arthur Henry Frith

1894 R&G A. H. Frith

1896 R&G A. H. Frith

1903 R&G W. H. Cleaver

1905 R&G W. H. Cleaver

1909 R&G W. H. Cleaver

1911/12 Spennell William H. Cleaver

1912/13 Spennell William H. Cleaver

1919 Spennell William H. Cleaver

1921/22 Spennell William H. Cleaver

1924 P. James A. Weston

1926/27 P. James A. Weston

1929 P. James B. Farrell

1931/32 P. James B. Farrell


1878 - 1898 LJ Vol1 P11 Mary Ann Laxon, Coventry
later Ind Coope & Co

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