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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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NAME BEERHOUSE, Tower Street
ADDRESS 8 TOWER STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1850 1879 BEERHOUSE, Tower Street
1850 c1905 HOPE AND ANCHOR

In this name hope may have been used in the sense of a small bay. In christian symbolism the anchor is the sign of hope. The spare anchor on a ship was often called the 'hope anchor'.

Between 1850 and 1879 this was also the BEERHOUSE, Tower Street. The HOPE AND ANCHOR is first recorded in 1850 when a license is granted to Joseph Bradford.

In the 1841 census there are no matching records. In 1851 Joseph Bradford is 33 and a publican and coal dealer at the Hope and Anchor, Tower Street. In 1861 he is 43 and a publican at the Hope and Anchor, 8 Tower Street. By 1871 he is 53 and a drayman at the Hope and Anchor, married to Elizabeth Bradford, 52, a tavern keeper.

The HOPE AND ANCHOR had a full public house license from 1861 to 1905. it closed c1905 as by 1906 it was a private dwelling.

Known Licensees at the BEERHOUSE, Tower Street are;
1850 - 1851 Joseph Bradford, drayman m Elizabeth, tavern keeper
1879 John Bradford

Known Licensees at the HOPE & ANCHOR are;
1861 - 1881 John (Joseph) Bradford, drayman m Elizabeth, tavern keeper
1886 Elizabeth Bradford
1890 - 1905 W. Lines

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