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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.




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1841 1876 BEERHOUSE, Longford
In 1850 and 1871 HOLLY TREE, Little Heath
1879 HOLLY BUSH near Dodds Bridge
1897 1904 HOLLY BUSH

In the 1841 census Esther Smith, 50, is a publican in Longford. In 1851 she is 64 and a beer house keeper in Longford. By 1861 she is 73 and a beer seller at the Holly Tree, Longford whilst by 1871 there are no matching records.

Meanwhile, in 1841 there are no matching records for Thomas Smith but in 1851 he is 27, a hand loom weaver, the son of Esther Smith. In 1861 he is 38, still a ribbon weaver in Longford but by 1871 he is 48 and a beer house keeper and silk weaver in Longford.

John Smith, another son of Esther, is listed in the 1851 census as 25 with no occupation, yet Kelly's directory of 1850 gives him as a beer house keeper.

In 1880 and 1888 Kelly's Directory also lists an Elizabeth Smith as a beerhouse keeper. There is no matching record in the 1871 census. Is this part of the same family, and was it the Holly Bush? Full public house license 1897 to 1904, when it closed.

Known Licensees at the BEERHOUSE are;
1841 Esther Smith
1850 Thomas, John & Esther Smith
1851 - 1866 Esther Smith
1868 - 1876 Thomas Smith

Known Licensees at the HOLLY TREE are;
1871 Henry Mullis

Known Licensees at the HOLLY BUSH are;
1879 Thomas Smith
1892 John Smith
1900 - 1904 Mrs Ann Smith

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