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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 75 SPON STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
c1829 1868 VICTORIA VAULTS
1868 1871 BOARD, 75 Spon Street
1874 SPOTTED DOG
1879 1909 MELBOURNE HOTEL, MELBOURNE GARDENS
1909 1910 GRANBY ARMS
1910 2002 BOWLING GREEN INN
2002 2010 NEW BOWLER
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'.

Henry Brown was a brewer at the Spon Street Brewery, 75 Spon Street, and also a wine and spirit merchant. However, the Spon Street Brewery had been at No 48, which by 1871 was the Eagle Vaults, occupied by Maria Soden. So presimably Henry Brown had bought the brewing business and moved it to new premises. Interestingly the Eagle Vaults in 1871 was occupied by Maria Brown. Was this the same person as Maria Soden ?.

This pub is said to have been built originally in c1829 as the Victoria Vaults, then becoming the Spotted Dog. It became the Board in 1868. Later named the Melborne Hotel in 1879, the Melbourne Gardens in 1907, the Granby Arms in 1909, and the Bowling Green Inn in 1910. The bowling green was sold and the old people's accommodation called Wellington Gardens was erected on its site.

The pub was demolished and replaced with a new building in 1959, later named the New Bowler in 2002.
Known licensees are;
1864 - 1871 Henry Brown Brewery & spirit merchant

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