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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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NAME BOARD
ADDRESS 16 SPON STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1868 1931 BOARD, BOARD VAULTS, TUPPENNY TUBE
1871 LIQUOR VAULTS
1868 VAULT
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'.

Between 1868 and 1896 there is a gap whilst it was a wine merchants. It was closed in 1930 upon the payment of compensation. The licensee between 1913 and 1922, John William Gudge Slade (' Bill '), was a bricklayer and was appointed to the executive committee of the Coventry City Supporters' Club in 1921. He was later given the surprise opportunity to take temporary control of the team after the sacking of manager James McIntyre in February 1931. After a brief stint in charge Bill must have got the taste for managership as in 1932 he became manager of Walsall. In January 1932 he steered the side to one of the F.A. Cup's greatest giant killings when Walsall beat the mighty Arsenal 2 - 0. He died in 1975 aged 90 years.

Known Licensees at the BOARD are;
1861 - 1868 Ann Hughes Wine & spirit dealer
1868 - 1871 Andrew Hughes Wine merchant
1896 Walter Tatlow
1903 - 1909 Oliver Tatlow
1911 - 1913 Gilbert Morgan
1913 - 1922 John William Gudge Slade
1924 - 1929 W. Roberts
1932 J. B. Timerick

Known Licensees at the LIQUOR VAULTS are;
1871 Andrew Hughes


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1868 - 1896 BOARD does not appear in direstories between these years. Why ?

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P 20 BOARD, Spon Street ( 16 ) Alehouse
Owner : Andrew Hughes
later J. G. C. Graham, Priory Row
Licensee : Andrew Hughes
7.7.1887 TOL to James Thomas Carpenter
26.7.1893 TOL to John Tatlow
11.4.1895 TOL to Walter Tatlow

Spon P10 .....the Board Vaults was one of the largest occupants

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1913 News 2-55 ----John William Gudge Slade, the 35 year old licensee of the Board Vaults Inn, in Spon Street

Mr Gudge Slade, better known as Bill, was a bricklayer when he was adopted by a tradesman who moved with Bill's mother to Coventry.... after living in Craven Street he became landlord of the Spon Street pub in 1913.

He was appointed to the executive committee of the ( Coventry

City ) Supporters Club in 1921.

.....he was later given the surprise opportunity to take temperory control of team affairs after the shock sacking of manager James McIntyre in February 1931.

Despite a brief stint behind the reins, which ended in August that year with the appointment of a new manager, Bill obviously had gotten a taste for managership.

he resigned from the club in 1932 to take the job of Walsall manager. it was a good move. In January the next year the ex pub landlord and adopted son of a Coventry brickie steered his side to one of the F. A. Cup's greatest giant killings when Walsall beat Arsenal 2-0 in a third round tie at Fellows Park.

He died on 28.9.1975 aged 90.

1930 Police Board Vaults, Spon Street, closed on payment of compensation.

LICENSEES

1861 Census Ann Hughes 67 yo wine & spirit dealer b Coventry unmarried

1868 Buchanan A. Hughes BOARD [& 3 sisters, 1 servant

23.11.1868 Lantern Andrew Hughes VAULT

1871 Census Andrew Hugnes 28 yo wine merchant b Coventry m Augusta, 25 &
1878 LJ Vol1 P 20 Andrew Hughes [1s, 2 servants
1887 LJ Vol1 P 20 Andrew Hughes
1887 LJ Vol1 P 20 James Thomas Carpenter
1893 LJ Vol1 P 20 James Thomas Carpenter
1893 LJ Vol1 P 20 John Tatlow
1895 LJ Vol1 P 20 John Tatlow
1895 LJ Vol1 P 20 Walter Tatlow
1896 R&G Walter Tatlow BOARD
1898 LJ Vol1 P 20 Walter Tatlow
1903 R&G Oliver Tatlow BOARD

1905 R&G Oliver Tatlow BOARD

1909 R&G Oliver Tatlow BOARD

1911/12 Spennell Gilbert Morgan BOARD

1913 News 2-55 John William Gudge Slade

1919 Spennell William G. Slade BOARD INN

1921/22 Spennell William G. Slade BOARD INN

1924 P. James W. Roberts BOARD INN

1926/27 P. James W. Roberts BOARD INN

1929 P. James W. Roberts BOARD INN

1931/32 P. James J. B. Timerick BOARD INN

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P 20 Andrew Hughes
later LJ Vol1 P 20 J. G. C. Graham, Priory Row
1898 LJ Vol1 P 20 J. G. C. Graham, Priory Row

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