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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 Coach and Horses

The Coach and Horses, Longford Road
NAME COACH AND HORSES
ADDRESS LONGFORD ROAD
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1817 present COACH AND HORSES
1845 BEERHOUSE
This was a common pub name since the seventeenth century. It indicates a stopping place for Hackney carriages and later stage-coaches and was an indication of the growth of traffic on the roads.

As early as 1817 the pub was being used for auctions. In 1942 it was said that the Coach and Horses and the Saracens Head were exactly opposite, though it is more correct to say they were alongside each other. Also that Longford Wake lined the street in Market Square and in front of the Coach and Horses. In 1982 it was said to have a quiet intimate bar with mirrors advertising Atkinsons beers and a noisy, busy lounge.

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). See also beerhouse longford wilson and beerhouse longford ball.
Known Licensees at the COACH & HORSES are;
1841 - 1845 Richard Jones
1845 Samuel Wilson (BEERHOUSE)
1845 Francis Ball (BEERHOUSE)
1850 - 1879 Francis Ball
1880 - 1888 George West
1892 - 1924 Benjamin Lole
1929 J. Jackson
1931 - 1934 H. Palmer
1935 - 1940 J. Fletcher
1955 - 1966 Lawrence G. Knight (with Sarah H. Tedds)
1960's E.G. Rowarth (see clipping below)
Owners;
1849 William Wilson
to 2.1926 Charringtons

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