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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.


In the 1841 census John Essex is a watchmaker in Summerland Place, The Butts. Ten years later he is a watchmaker and victualler in Butts Lane. In 1861 he is a victualler at 63 Butts Lane and in 1871 we learn that he is a watch finisher and victualler at the Russell Arms, 63 and 64 Butts. This is an interesting sequence as it gives an example how, over a period of 40 years, someone goes from being a tradesman, to combining that with running a beerhouse, to combining that trade with running a proper, named, public house.
Known Licensees are; 1841 John Essex, watch manufacturer & victualler

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