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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 Butchers Arms

The Butchers Company was granted arms in 1540. In 1912 the licensee, W. W. Martin, was described as ' a mineral water manufacturer, bottler of ales and stouts and dealer in pure Devonshire cider! ' McKenna claims that he was a brewer, but we have found no other eidence of this, In 1912 there was a planning application for a store and alterations at the pub and the owner is names as H. E. Thornley of the Radford Brewery, Radford Semele
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 R. Hyde
1835 Humphrey Payne
1841 Jonathan Liggins
1850 - 1851 John Barnwell
1861 - 1868 Benjamin Beamish
1871 - 1910 James Johnson
1911 - 1912 Herbert A. Beaumont
1912 - 1913 W. Martin ( also see above )
1929 - 1932 Clara Augusta Martin

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Dict PN The butchers company was granted arms in 1540

News 2-22 The history of New Buildings

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P23 BUTCHERS ARMS, New Buildings Alehouse
Owner : James Johnson
Licensee : James Johnson

1887 COC P35 Cov Times Inn signs

1912/13 Spennell P784 Advert
Licensee W. W. Martin mineral water manufacturer, bottler of ales and stouts, dealer in pure Devinshire cider.

WB P20 Brewer W.Martin ' a home brew house '
Bottle label ' W. Martin '


1822/23 Pigot R. Hyde

1828/29 Pigot Richard Hyde

1835 Pigot Humphrey Payne

1841 Pigot Jonathan Liggins

1841 Census Jonathan Liggins 45yo b Wksm Mary Ann, 40 & 6 kids

1845 Kelly J.Liggins

1850 CS John Barnwell

1851 Census John Barnwell 33yo b Thurlaston m Elizabeth, 30 & 2s, 1d

1861 Census Benjamin Beamish 64 yo b Coventry m Sibla, 66 & 2d

1868 Buchanan Benjamin Beamish

1871 Census James Johnson 39 yo m Elizabeth, 39 & 1 sevant, 1 visitor

1874 C&B J. Johnson
1878 LJ Vol 1 P23 James Johnson
1879 Stevens James Johnson

1881 C&B J. Johnson

1886 C&B J. Johnson

1890/91 R&G J. Johnson

1893 Reporter J. Johnson

1894 R&G J. Johnson

1896 R&G J. Johnson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P23 James Johnson
1903 R&G J. Johnson

1905 R&G J. Johnson

1909 R&G J. Johnson

1910 LVOA J. Johnson

1911/12 Spennell Herbert A. Beaumont

1912/13 Spennell W. Martin

1929 P. James Clara Augusta Martin

1931/32 P. James Clara Augusta Martin


1878 LJ Vol 1 P23 James Johnson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P23 James Johnson

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