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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.

Beerhouse

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Situated at 35 Smithford Street, the ‘Old Baths Hotel’, which is known to have existed at least 75 years before this picture was taken, finally closed when Smithford Street was redeveloped. Mr. H. Hewitt is seen here proudly standing in front of his premises; the sign above advertising his noted home brewed ales, at 3d, 4d, 5d & 6d per quart. These premises were used by carriers conveying passengers to and from Allesley and Meriden. Good stabling was also offered, the entrance to the yard at the rear of the premises being seen to the left.

ADDRESS BROADGATE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1829 BATH HOTEL, 35 Smithford Street
1835 COVENTRY WINE & SPIRIT VAULTS
1841 1861 WINE AND SPIRITS MERCHANTS
1865 PUBLIC HOUSE, 35 Smithford Street
1861 1871 BEERHOUSE 35 Smithford Street
1867 1868 BOARD, 35 Smithford Street
1868 BEERHOUSE, Broadgate
1868 1871 SPIRIT VAULTS, 35 Smithford Street
1871 LIQUOR VAULTS, 35 Smithford Street
1881 WHOLESALE WINE AND SPIRIT MERCHANT
1883 1951 OLD BATHS HOTEL

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'.

Known licensees
1868 John Dell

photo of Broadgate from Hertford Street

Broadgate from Hertford Street

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