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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.

The City Hotel and Restaurant

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Broadgate from Hertford Street 1892. The City hotel is the one in the centre with the Kings Head Hotel on the left

NAME CITY HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
ADDRESS 1 BROADGATE
ALTERNATIVE NAMES COMMERCIAL
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 35 SMITHFORD STREET
The name of this pub simply comes from its central location in the heart of the city. A photograph of 1863 shows this hotel to have had splendid wrought iron balconies. In 1865 it was owned by Bablake School. Brewing was carried out at the City Hotel until 1920, the brewers in the twentieth century being members of the Hewitt family. In 1919 the hotel was attacked during the 'Peace Riots' that followed the First World War. The hotel must have closed around 1929 when the license was removed to the Holbrooks Hotel on Holbrooks Lane. 

Known Licensees are;
1841 John Aston
1841 - 1845 Mrs Ann Aston
1850 - 1851 Mary Ann Fisher
1854 J. Judd, Wine and Spirit Merchant (see below)
1861 - 1886 Robert Choules
1890 - 1891 T. Dowse
1893 G. Williamson
1894 S. E. Watson
1896 J. P. Clarke
1903 C. H. Harding
1905 - 1909 Rowland Bradshaw
1911 - 1922 Harold Weston
1924 - 1932 A. W. Greatrex 

Owners
1865 Bablake School
Brewers
to 1910 Harry Hewitt
1910 - 1920 Mrs. Annie Hewitt 

In the papers - December 8th, 1854, Mr Judd is advertising his new business

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Name from its situation in the heart of the city

1820 Poole P345 Another great improvement was made by the taking down of a great square block of ancient houses and other buildings. The houses pulled down on the north side of Smithford Stret extended down to what is now the City Hotel.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1860 ACov P29 Photo

1860 ACov P30 Photo

? ACov P48 Photo

1863 COCIP P38 Photo

A Joseph Wingrove photograph showing the junction of Smithford Street, Broadgate, High Street and Hertford Street in 1863. On the left is the City Hotel with its splendid wrought iron balcony.

1865 Poole P268 Estates belonging to Bablake School

Smithford Street

Mr Choules, City Hotel and premises £ 20 0s 0d

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P9 Owner : John Judd, Kenilworth
later General Charities Trustees, Coventry
Later Thomas Wheatley's Charity
Licensee : Robert Choules
31.10.1889 TOL to Thomas Dowse
29.10.1892 TOL to George Williamson
7.12.1893 TOL to Samuel Facon ? Watson
28.2.1895 TOL to John Wright
25.7.1895 TOL to Joseph Parker Clarke
27.10.1897 TOL to Edward Henry Chamberlain
3.3.1898 TOL to Matthew Henry Goddard
8.12.1898 TOL to John Wright
18.5.1899 TOL to Edward Cracknell Goulston

1887 COC P54 Cov Times Inn signs ( Earl Street )

1900 Cov AIW P54 Photo

1914 - 1920 WB P19 Brewer Mrs Anne hewitt

21.7.1919 Source 20 Attacked during the ' Peace Riots '

to 1920 Friedrich Home brewery

1929 Police License removed to Holbrooks, Holbrook Lane

LICENSEES

1841 Pigot Ann Aston The Commercial

1841 Census John Aston 50 yo innkeeper, Smithford Street m Ann, 45 & 2d,

1845 Kelly Mrs A. Aston [ 3 servants

1850 CS M. Ann Fisher

1851 Census Mary Ann Fisher 30 yo hotelkeeper b Nuneaton

1861 Census Robert Choules

1865 Poole P268 Mr Choules

1868 Buchanan Robert Choules

1871 Census Robert Choules wine & spirit merchant licensed victualler
1878 LJ Vol1 P9 Robert Choules
1879 Stevens Robert Choules

1881 C&B R. Choules

1886 C&B R. Choules
1889 LJ Vol1 P9 Robert Choules

1889 LJ Vol1 P9 Thomas Dowse

1890/91 R&G T. Dowse
1892 LJ Vol1 P9 Thomas Dowse

1892 LJ Vol1 P9 George Williamson
1893 Reporter G. Williamson
1893 LJ Vol1 P9 George Williamson

1893 LJ Vol1 P9 Samuel Facon ? Watson

1894 R&G S. E. Watson
1895 LJ Vol1 P9 Samuel Facon ? Watson

1895 LJ Vol1 P9 John Wright
1895 LJ Vol1 P9 Joseph Parker Clarke

1896 R&G J. P. Clarke
1897 LJ Vol1 P9 Joseph Parker Clarke

1897 LJ Vol1 P9 Edward Henry Chamberlain
1898 LJ Vol1 P9 Edward Henry Chamberlain

1898 LJ Vol1 P9 Matthew Henry Goddard
1898 LJ Vol1 P9 John Wright
1899 LJ Vol1 P9 John Wright

1899 LJ Vol1 P9 Edward Cracknell Goulston

1903 R&G C. H. Harding

1905 R&G Rowland Bradshaw

1909 R&G Rowland Bradshaw

1911/12 Spennell Harold Weston

1912/13 Spennell Harold Weston

1919 Spennell Harold Weston and restaurant

1921/22 Spennell Harold Weston and restaurant

1924 P. James A. W. Greatrex

1926/27 P. James A. W. Greatrex

1929 P. James A. W. Greatrex

1931/32 P. James A. W. Greatrex

BREWERS

to 1910 Friedrich Harry Hewitt

1910 Friedrich Mrs Annie Hewitt

1914 WB P19 Mrs Annie Hewitt

1920 Friedrich Mrs Annie Hewitt

OWNERS

1865 Poole P268 Estates belonging to Bablake School

1878 LJ Vol1 P9 John Judd, Kenilworth ( must be a trustee of the charity )
later LJ Vol1 P9 General Charities Trustees, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P9 Thomas Wheatley's Charity

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