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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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Market Street, 1940. photo courtesy Rob Orland

NAME BOARD
ADDRESS 14 MARKET PLACE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1829 1871 BOARD, 14 Market Place, SIDWELLS
1874 1881 STAR VAULTS, Market Street, STAR & BOARD
1887 1932 BOADICEA
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'.

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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