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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 Board

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Cross Cheaping viewed from Broadgate in 1908 at the time of WF Lane's tenure. The Royal Hotel is in the middle distance

NAME BOARD
ADDRESS 60 CROSS CHEAPING
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1868 BOARD
1868 1874 BOARD VAULTS
1874 1881 SPIRIT VAULTS
1881 1896 ROYAL HOTEL
1896 1936 ROYAL VAULTS, ROYAL WINE AND SPIRITS VAULTS
Board means 'to board intoxicating liquor'. In some cases the need for a premises to have 'a board' , that is a sign board, suggested this name as some places did in fact display a blank board. However, in this case, the Board identified a person sellling beer from their home; in other words a beerhouse under the 1839 Beerhouse Act, the real origin of the 'public house'.

In the 1860's these premises were Alexander Importers, 60 Cross Cheaping.
Licensees
1861 - 1868 Charles Sumner wine & spirit merchant
1874 C. Sumner
1896 - 1898 W. F. Lane
1903 - 1913 Mrs. Emily V. Lane
1913 F. H. Wells
1919 William Thomas Peakman
1921 - 1924 T. Varley
1926 - 1929 F. Dingley
1931 - 1932 H. E. King
1933 - 1936 W. V. Castle
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Beer July 2008 P9 The Board identified a person selling beer form their home - the first ( Whats Brewing Supplement ) public house - as in the 1839 Beerhouse Act

Dict PN Means ' to board intoxicating liquor '. In some cases the need for an inn to have ' a board ' suggested the name, since some inns did in fact display a blank board.

1860's CIC P45 Alexander Importers

1874 See SPIRIT VAULTS, 60 Cross Cheaping

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P1 BOARD, Cross Cheaping Alehouse
Owner : Charles Sumner, Cope Street, Coventry
Licensee : Charles Alexander
14.8.1889 TOL to Henry Hinton
1.12.1887 TOL to William John Piper
12.4.1894 TOL to Walter Rice
17.5.1894 TOL to Florence Bower
28.10.1894 TOL to Edward Townson
11.4.1895 TOL to Bradley Keen
9.4.1896 TOL to William Flower Lane

from 1896 See ROYAL HOTEL

LICENSEES

[premises not named b Coventry m Sarah, 44 & 3s, 1 servant

1861 Census Charles Sumner 37 yo Wine & Spirit Merchant, 60 Cross Cheaping, 1868 Buchanan Charles Sumner Board

23.11.1868 Lantern Charles Sumner Board Vaults

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P1 Charles Alexander
14.8.1889 LJ Vol 1 P1 Charles Alexander
14.8.1889 LJ Vol 1 P1 Henry Hinton
1.12.1887 LJ Vol 1 P1 Henry Hinton
1.12.1887 LJ Vol 1 P1 William John Piper
12.4.1894 LJ Vol 1 P1 William John Piper
12.4.1894 LJ Vol 1 P1 Walter Rice
17.5.1894 LJ Vol 1 P1 Walter Rice
17.5.1894 LJ Vol 1 P1 Florence Bower
28.10.1894 LJ Vol 1 P1 Florence Bower
28.10.1894 LJ Vol 1 P1 Edward Townson
11.4.1895 LJ Vol 1 P1 Edward Townson
11.4.1895 LJ Vol 1 P1 Bradley Keen
9.4.1896 LJ Vol 1 P1 Bradley Keen
9.4.1896 LJ Vol 1 P1 William Flower Lane

OWNERS


1878 -1898 LJ Vol 1 P1 Charles Sumner, Cope Street, Coventry

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