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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

ADDRESS LONGFORD ROAD

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1765 1876 SARACENS HEAD INN
1879 1922 OLD SARACENS HEAD
1922 c2000 SARACENS HEAD
1876 1924 BEERHOUSE, Longford

From 1876 to 1921 and in 1924 this was the BEERHOUSE, Longford.

In 1983 Manns brewery spent £60,000 on a renovation that included regency shop windows on the inside walls of the bar. It is now a Chinese restaurant.

Research by 'philex31' on the Historic Coventry forum would suggest that the Sephtons and their extended family had connections with many of the pubs in the Longford area: Boat (Blackhorse Road), Boat (Grange Road), Greyhound, Elephant & Castle, Miners Arms, Bird In Hand, Green Man, Old Crown (Windmill Road), New Inn, Saracens Head, Coach & Horses, Engine. Also, away from Longford were the Park Gate Hotel and the New Inn (Stockingford). The majority of the Coventry Sephtons appear to be descended from James Sephton, a canal boatbuilder, who arrived in the Hawkesbury area c1805 from Shardlow in Derbyshire.

Somewhat at odds with this boozy background, other family members operated temperance hotels in the city centre (The Victoria, Warwick Row and The Priory, Bayley Lane).

Known Licensees are;
1878 Richard Steane
1879 Arthur Mason

Licensees for the Saracens Head are;
1830 - 1850 George Hastings Pickard
1863 - 1868 John Smith & boot & shoe maker
1874 Joseph Hammersley
1876 William Marples (Beerhouse)
1921 - 1922 S. Mason
1929 - 1940 A. Sephton (see notes)
1961 - 1962 A. S. Staley
1985 Frank Roden

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