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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 Clarendon Arms

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Bayley Lane from Pepper Lane in 1932. The Toby's Head pub is the one in the foreground on the right. We can just make out the gable of the Golden Cross beyond. The Old County Court still survives as the last building on the left before the cathedral and is now a bar-cum-eatery called The Establishment.

NAME CLARENDON ARMS
ADDRESS 42 BAILEY LANE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1794 1843 JOLLY WEAVERS
1843 1851 WEAVERS ARMS
1860 1938 CLARENDON ARMS
This name refers to the various Earls of Clarendon. The first was Edward Hyde (1609 - 1704) whose bequeath to Oxford University founded the Clarendon Press. The pub closed on 6.8.1938.
Known Licensees are;
1845 Charles Twaites
1850 - 1851 William Fitchett
1868 - 1874 William Archer
1879 David Manning
1881 - 1886 Edward Wilday
1890 - 1893 George Budd
1894 - 1896 Mrs. Eliza Purcell
1903 Henry Arrowsmith
1905 Charles Thomas
1909 Ellen Elliott
1911 - 1922 Arthur Wareham
1924 S. Bayliss
1926 - 1927 A. Elton
1929 - 1932 J. W. Arnold
1933 - 1938 H. Bates

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Dict PN Refers to the various Earls of Clarendon

JA74 Was this previously the WEAVERS ARMS

1860 JA Wilson Clarendon Arms

28.8.1878 LJ VOL 1 P31 CLARENDON ARMS, Bailey Lane Alehouse
Owner : William Henry Nightingale, West Orchard
later Morton Peto Lucas & others
later Ind Coope & Co
Licensee : David Manning
6.11.1879 TOL to Edward Wilday
5.8.1886 TOL to George Budd
25.10.1894 TOL to Ezra Purcell
29.10.1896 TOL to Alice Fazakerley
15.4.1897 TOL to Alice Webb
28.10.1897 TOL to Isaac Marten Webb
6.1.1898 TOL to Ernest Tompkin Hornby
9.12.1889 fined 5/- & costs 11/6 keeping open

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

6.8.1938 Closed

LICENSEES

[ Bailey Lane but number not given & not named

1861 Census John Thurman 40 yo licensed victualler m Emma, 39 & 3s, 2d

1868 Buchanan W. Archer

1871 Census William Archer 59 yo b Coventry m Elizabeth, 48

1874 C&B William Archer
1878 LJ VOL 1 P31 David Manning
1879 Stevens David Manning
1879 LJ VOL 1 P31 David Manning
1879 LJ VOL 1 P31 Edward Wilday
1881 C&B Edward Wilday

1886 C&B Edward Wilday
1886 LJ VOL 1 P31 Edward Wilday
1886 LJ VOL 1 P31 George Budd
1890/91 R&G George Budd

1893 Reporter G. Budd
1894 LJ VOL 1 P31 George Budd
1894 LJ VOL 1 P31 Ezra Purcell
1894 R&G Eliza Purcell

1896 R&G Mrs Eliza Purcell
1896 LJ VOL 1 P31 Ezra Purcell
1896 LJ VOL 1 P31 Alice Fazakerley
1897 LJ VOL 1 P31 Alice Fazakerley
1897 LJ VOL 1 P31 Alice Webb
1897 LJ VOL 1 P31 Isaac Marten Webb
1898 LJ VOL 1 P31 Isaac Marten Webb
1898 LJ VOL 1 P31 Ernest Tompkin Hornby
1903 R&G Henry Arrowsmith

1905 R&G Charles Thomas

1909 R&G Ellen Elliott

1911/12 Spennell Arthur Wareham

1912/13 Spennell A. Wareham

1919 Spennell Arthur Wareham

1921/22 Spennell Arthur Wareham

1924 P.James S. Bayliss

1928 P.James A. Elton

1929 P.James J. W. Arnold

1931/32 P.James J. W. Arnold

1933/34 P.James H. Bates

1935/36 P.James H. Bates

1937/38 P.James H. Bates

OWNERS

1878 LJ VOL 1 P31 William Henry Nightingale, West Orchard
later LJ VOL 1 P31 Morton Peto Lucas & others
later LJ VOL 1 P31 Ind Coope & Co
1898 LJ VOL 1 P31 Ind Coope & Co

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