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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

Black Swan Terace

Black Swan Terrace. At the beginning of the 20th century this was The Black Swan pub which closed in 1903. The building was split into two units and the corner shop's last incarnation before closure was as "Moira's Wet Fish" so named from the shop sign which read "Fruit & Veg MOIRA'S Wet Fish". The green tiles from this period have been retained although the underlying building is medieval.

Source: "Spon End & Spon Street" by John Ashby (2003)

NAME BEERHOUSE
ADDRESS 123 SPON STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
c1791 c1903 BLACK SWAN / SWAN INN
1850 BEERHOUSE, Spon Street
In the 1841 census William Wall , 40, is a publican in Spon Street, married to Sarah Wall. In 1851 Sarah Wall, 52, is a widow and a victualler in Spon Street. By 1861 Frederick Wall, 26, is a licensed victualler at a public house in Spon Street. In 1871 there are no matching records. This is the BLACK SWAN

Known Licensees at the BLACK SWAN are;
1778 Ann Pickering
1822 - 1823 W. Saunders
1828 - 1829 Ann Bradshaw
1835 - 1841 William Wall
1851 Elizabeth Wall ( widow )
1861 Frederick Wall
1868 John Timms
1868 Josiah Morton
1871 William Mason
1874 - 1879 Charles Jones
1881 Josiah Hart
1886 - 1903 S. Fox

Known Licensees at the BEERHOUSE are;
1850 Sarah Wall

Owners
1778 Ann Pickering
to 1823 Isaac Abel Kevitt
1823 - 1825 Ann Lees & husband
1825 - 1855/6 Edward (I) Phillips
1855/6 Edward (II) Phillips
? George Septimus Phillips
1878 James Eadie Brewery
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