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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 Elizabeth Johnson, 45, is a beer seller in Gosford Street. In the 1851 census there are no matching records.

From 1822 to 1823 S. Johnson ran the Britannia in New Street. Then in 1835 we find Samuel Johnson at the Old Star, Earl Street. In 1857 we have the first licensee of the Board, Earl Street named as J. Johnson. Possible this Beerhouse is the Board, with the census putting it in Gosford Street.

Known Licensees are;
1841 Samuel Johnson

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