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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 Bowling Green Inn

NAME BOWLING GREEN INN
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
The name is a reference to a very popular pub game, advertising the presence of a bowling green.

This pub is said to have been built originally in c1829 as the Victoria Vaults, then becoming the Spotted Dog, the Board in 1868, the Melborne Hotel in 1879, the Melbourne Gardens in 1907, and the Granby Arms in 1909. It became the Bowling Green 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.

In the 1960's, Albert Swain kept the Bowling Green. Up until 1947 he had been a professional heavyweight boxer and at one time rated fourth in the country. Swain was a Coventry man and in his younger days boxed for Cox Street Working Men's Club and was also Midlands heavyweight champion.

In 2002 the Bowling Green was refurbished and renamed the New Bowler. It closed in 2010 and was purchased by a local charity never to reopen. 
Known Licensees are;
1910 - 1912 Alfred John Jarrard
1912 - 1913 Henry Oswin
1921- 1922 W. Tranrer
1924 B. Woodward
1926 - 1929 F. A. Gregg
1931 - 1932 F. Dingley
1933 - 1936 R. J. Cooke
1937 - 1938 H. Cleaver
1939 - 1940 L. H. Pitchford
1960's Albert Swain (see below)
Owners 1960 Mitchells & Butlers

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