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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

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Once the through road to the "Great Park", one of Coventry's most ancient and appropriately named streets is Much Park Street, seen here in 1912.

NAME COACH AND HORSES
ADDRESS 37 MUCH PARK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 39 MUCHFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1684 BLACK BEAR
1714 1768 COACH AND HORSES, OLD COACH AND HORSES
1778 1781 HALF MOON AND SEVEN STARS
MOON AND SEVEN STARS
SEVEN STARS, St Michael's Parish
1781 1925 COACH AND HORSES
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.

In 1714 the Mercer's Company spent £2. 18s. 3d at the Coach and Horses on the proclamation of King George I. In 1735 the Vestry of St. Michael's church used this as one of their meeting places. Then in 1756 fourteen soldiers were billeted here. In 1925 the pub was closed upon the payment of compensation. It stood almost next door to Whitefriars Gate.
Known Licensees are;
1684 Charles Milward
1706 Thomas Roberts senior
? John Hodgetss
? Elizabeth Ratliff
1793 Cleophas Ratliff
1822 - 1823 H. Ryley
1835 William Ryley
1841 Henry Bird
1850 William Oakes
1861 - 1874 Benjamin Smart, a tailor
1879 Henry Jennings
1881 Mary Russell
1886 R. Suddaby
1890 - 1896 J. Lynch
1903 G. W. Shutt
1905 F. Collyer
1909 G. Kirk
1911 - 1913 Frank J. W. Sketchley
1919 - 1922 Charles Twigger
1924 P. J. Cleverley
Owners
1793 Richard (I) Hopkins
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Dict PN A common name in all parts of Britain since the seventeenth century. Indicates a stopping place for hackney carrieages and later stage - coaches. An indication of the growth of traffic on the roads

1686 - 1748 JA33 PA1890 The BLACK BEAR on Much Park Street was sunsequently called the COACH AND HORSES, then the HALF MOON AND SEVEN STARS and then the COACH AND HORSES again.

1714 JA10 Wilson Mercers Company spen £ 2 18s 3d at the Coach and Horses in Much Humberstone 63 Park Street on the proclaimation of King George I

1735 JA10 Wilson Custom of the Vestry of St Michaels to adjourn to well known inns such as the Mermaid, Broadgate; Black Bull, Smithford Street; Coach and Horses, Much Park Street and the Three Swans near the church.

1756 Alderman Hewitt 14 soldiers billeted

1768 JA50 JCM Now the HALF MOON AND SEVEN STARS

1778 JA50 SEVEN STARS to be sold

1781 JA50 JCM Back to the COACH AND HORSES

c1800 COC P43 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

7.10.1859 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Benjamin Smart to Job Chinn

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P49 COACH AND HORSES, Much Park Street Alehouse
Owner : Laura Letitia Jordan, Leamington Priors
later Thomas Salt & Co Ltd, Burton on Trent
Licensee : Zachariah Wheatley
7.11.1878 TOL to Henry Jennings
6.11.1879 TOL to Joseph Haughton
5.6.1880 TOL to Mary Ward
20.1.1881 TOL to Mary Russell
6.12.1883 TOL to Robert Dorsey Suddaby
18.11.1886 TOL to John Lynch
4.3.1897 TOL to Mary Kaye
2.3.1885 fined 20/- for permitting drunkenness

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

1925 Police Closed upon payment of compensation

15.11.1940 Cov at War 2 P53 Photo.
Next door to Whitefriars Gate

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot H. Ryley

1828/29 Pigot Elizabeth Ryley

1835 Pigot William Ryley

1841 Pigot Henry Bird Old Coach and Horses

1841 Census Henry Bird 30 yo not b Wks m Elizabeth, 25 & 1 child

1845 Kelly T. Elton

1850 CS William Oakes

1851 Census William Oakes 43 yo b Coventry m Hannah, 48 & 1d, 1s

1859 JA141 CS Benjamin Smart Are these the right

1859 JA141 CS Job Chinn way round ?

1861 Census Benjamin Smart 41 yo tailor b Coventry m Ann, 41 & 2d, 4 lodgers

1868 Buchanan B. Smart

23.11.1868 Lantern Benjamin Smart

1871 Census Benjamin Smart 51 yo tailor b Coventry m Ann, 52 & 2d, 6 lodgers

1874 C&B B. Smart
1878 LJ Vol 1 P49 Zachariah Wheatley
1878 LJ Vol 1 P49 Henry Jennings
1879 Stevens Henry Jennings
1879 LJ Vol 1 P49 Henry Jennings
1879 LJ Vol 1 P49 Joseph Haughton
1880 LJ Vol 1 P49 Joseph Haughton
1880 LJ Vol 1 P49 Mary Ward
1881 LJ Vol 1 P49 Mary Ward
1881 LJ Vol 1 P49 Mary Russell Same person as above ?
1881 C&B Mary Russell
1883 LJ Vol 1 P49 Mary Russell
1883 LJ Vol 1 P49 Robert Dorsey Suddaby
1886 C&B R. Suddaby
1886 LJ Vol 1 P49 Robert Dorsey Suddaby
1886 LJ Vol 1 P49 John Lynch
1890/91 R&G J. Lynch

1893 Reporter J. Lynch

1894 R&G J. Lynch

1896 R&G J. Lynch
1897 LJ Vol 1 P49 Mary Kaye
1898 LJ Vol 1 P49 Mary Kaye
1903 R&G G. W. Shutt

1905 R&G F. Collyer

1909 R&G G. Kirk

1911/12 Spennell Frank J. W. Sketchley

1912/13 Spennell J. W. Sketchley

1919 Spennell Charles Twigger

1921/22 Spennell Charles Twigger

1924 Spennell P. J. Cleverley

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P49 Laura Letitia Jordan, Leamington Priors
later LJ Vol 1 P49 Thomas Salt & Co Ltd, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol 1 P49 Thomas Salt & Co Ltd, Burton on Trent

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