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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


Priory Row 1860 photo credit: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum


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'.

This premesis is only known from the Licensing Justice's Register Volume 1, 1878 - 1898, when the licensee was James George Collins Graham. In the 1871 census he is a 20 year old wine merchants assistant living with his uncle, Daniel Edward Collins at Old Road, Whitley. Priory Row was a desirable address, so I think the premesis probably was a wine merchants.

1878 - 1898 James George Collins Graham

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1871 Census Old Road, Whitley
Daniel Edward Collins, 48yo wine merchant. Sister Hannah Elizabeth Collins, 50yo; Nephew James George Collins Graham, 20 yo, a wine merchants assistant.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P18 BOARD, Priory Row Alehouse - 6 days license
Owner : Frances Troughton, Cookham, Berks
later James George Collins Graham
Licensee : James George Collins Graham


1878 LJ Vol1 P18 James George Collins Graham
1898 LJ Vol1 P18 James George Collins Graham


1878 LJ Vol1 P18 Frances Troughton, Cookham, Berks
later LJ Vol1 P18 James George Collins Graham
1898 LJ Vol1 P18 James George Collins Graham

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