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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 British Queen

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NAME BRITISH QUEEN
ADDRESS 41 ST. JOHNS STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 48 ST. JOHNS STREET
This could be any British Queen. The most likely candidate is Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, who died in AD 62 from self- administered poison rather than be taken prisonner by the Romans after being defeated by them.

It is mentioned in the Coventry Standard of 3rd October 1845. The pub closed c1903 and by 1904 had become a lodging house.. J. E. Thursby is known to have brewed at the British Queen.
Known Licensees are;
1850 - 1851 Francis Welch
1861 Sarah Welch
1868 J. Masers
1868 Thomas Morris
1871 Thomas Goode
1874 J. Pritchard
1879 - 1896 J. E. Thursby
1903 W. Thomas
1903 Ernest Luty

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Diuct PN Could be any British Queen. Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, died in AD 62 from self administered poison rather than be taken prisoner by the Romans after being defeated by them.

3.10.1845 JA16 CS British Queen, St John Street, premises to be let in the occupation of Mr Stafford.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P46 BRITISH QUEEN, Saint John Street Alehouse
Owner : John Smith, White Street
Licensee : John Edward Thursby

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

c1903 Closed

1904 JA16 Cov Directory Had become a lodging house.

LICENSEES

1850 CS Francis Welch

1851 Census Francis Welch 50 yo b Coventry m Sarah, 49 & 1s

1861 Census Sarah Welch 59 yo b Coventry widow & 1gs, 1 servant

1868 Buchanan J. Masers

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Morris

1871 Census Thomas Goode 52 yo b Flecknoe m Mary, 56
1874 C&B J. Pritchard
1878 LJ Vol 1 P46 John Edward Thursby
1879 Stevens J. E. Thursby

1881 C&B J. E. Thursby

1886 C&B J. E. Thursby

1890/91 R&G J. E. Thursby

1893 Reporter J. E. Thursby

1894 R&G J. E. Thursby

1896 R&G J. E. Thursby
1898 LJ Vol 1 P46 John Edward Thursby
1903 R&G W. Thomas

1903 JA16 Cov Directory Ernest Luty

BREWERS

? WB P20 J. E. Thursby

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P46 John Smith, White Street
1898 LJ Vol 1 P46 John Smith, White Street

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