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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 Vaults

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Smithford Street 1939

NAME CITY VAULTS
ADDRESS 9 SMITHFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
? ? BEERHOUSE
1868 1871 BOARD
1871 LIQUOR VAULTS
1879 1896 CITY VAULTS
1903 1912 CLARENCE HOTEL
Until 1868 it was the BOARD/LIQUOR VAULTS. From 1868 it became the CITY VAULTS and must have got its name from its central city location until it was renamed CLARENCE in 1903. The Duke of Clarence was William IV before he became King. He had a short naval career and took his seat in the House of Lords as Duke of Clarence. Some Clarence signs show the four-wheeled carriage which was named after him.

Known Licensees at the BEERHOUSE are;
1868 A Sumner Wholesale spirit & wine warehouse
1871 James Colley Spirit merchant

Known Licensees at the BOARD are;
1868 Andrew Sumner Wholesale spirit & wine warehouse
1871 James Colley Spirit merchant

Known Licensees at the LIQUOR VAULTS are;
1871 James Colley

Known Licensees for the CITY VAULTS are;
1879 Thomas Ball
1881 E. Barfoot
1886 R. Neil
1890 - 1893 G. H. Bamford
1894 C. H. Wells
1896 John Fenn

Known Licensees for the CLARENCE HOTEL are;
1903 - 1909 H. Wright
1911 - 1912 William Eggington

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Name Due to its central location

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 10 BOARD, Smithford Street Alehouse ( City Vaults )
This all refers to City Vaults
Owner : William Henry, Smithford Street, Coventry
later James Marston, Horninglow Brewery, Burton on Trent
Licensee : James Colley
20.5.1879 TOL to Thomas Ball
20.1.1881 TOL to Ebenezer Barfoot
6.12.1883 TOL to Henry Willford
23.4.1885 TOL to Robert Neil
13.1.1887 TOL to Ella Eliza Powell
30.1.1887 TOL to Josiah Mills
3.11.1887 TOL to Thomas Ball
27.6.1889 TOL to Joseph Peabody
later TOL to George Herbert Bamford
later TOL to Hugh Thomas Gregory
14.4.1890 TOL to Charles Henry Wells
23.10.1890 TOL to William Hadfield
24.10.1895 TOL to Thomas Robinson
9.4.1896 TOL to John Fenn
28.10.1897 TOL to David Deacon
20.11.1884 fined 20/- & costs prohibited hours

LICENSEES

1878 LJ Vol 1 P 10 James Colley
1879 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Thomas Ball
1879 Stevens Thomas Ball
1881 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Thomas Ball
1881 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Ebenezer Barfoot
1881 C&B E. Barfoot
1883 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Ebenezer Barfoot
1883 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Henry Willford
1885 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Henry Willford
1885 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Robert Neil
1886 C&B R. Neil
1887 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Robert Neil
1887 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Ella Eliza Powell
1887 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Josiah Mills
1887 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Thomas Ball
1889 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Thomas Ball
1889 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Joseph Peabody
later LJ Vol 1 P 10 George Herbert Bamford
1890/91 R&G G. H. Bamford

later LJ Vol 1 P 10 Hugh Thomas Gregory
1890 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Hugh Thomas Gregory
1890 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Charles Henry Wells
1890 LJ Vol 1 P 10 William Hadfield
1893 Reporter G. Bamford This appears to be an anachronism - see 1890/91
1894 R&G C. H. Wells Also an anachronism - see 1890

1895 LJ Vol 1 P 10 William Hadfield
1895 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Thomas Robinson
1896 LJ Vol 1 P 10 Thomas Robinson
1896 LJ Vol 1 P 10 John Fenn
1896 R&G John Fenn

1897 LJ Vol 1 P 10 John Fenn
1897 LJ Vol 1 P 10 David Deacon
1898 LJ Vol 1 P 10 David Deacon

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P 10 William Henry, Smithford Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P 10 James Marston, Horninglow Brewery, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol 1 P 10 James Marston, Horninglow Brewery, Burton on Trent

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