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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 Crow in the Oak

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NAME CROW IN THE OAK
ADDRESS 151 LOCKHURST LANE
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
    BEERHOUSE
    OLD CROW IN THE OAK
    CROW IN THE OAK
2012 present CROW

The crow is said to represent King Charles II, who famously hid from his pursuers in an oak tree.

In 1895 the pub was purchased by Phillips and Marriott, they appear to have been leasing it since 1881. They valued it at £2500 in 1899. In 1910 they stated that 'the quantity of ale brewed shall not exceed the quantity supplied from the brewery.' It was known as a home brew pub until the early twentieth century. In 1985 it was described as a fairly straightforward two-roomed local with some friendly regulars.

I guess that Mrs Annie Riley and Mrs A. Church are one and the same.

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Known Licensees are;
1841 - 1845 Mrs Mary Lenton
1861 - 1863 James Brown
1866 William Brown
1868 Charles Fairfax
1874 H. Bray
1876 William Berry
1879 - 1886 James Hunter
1888 - 1892 Thomas Moore junior
1897 - 1905 Carey Cadman
1909 J. Riley
1909 - 1922 Mrs Annie Riley
1924 - 1929 Mrs A. Church
1931 - 1932 J. Harry Ward (see also Foleshiil Old Hall, the Bell, Keresley and Castle Vaults, Market Street)
1933 - c1956 Charlie J. Pritchard
Harry Ward ?
1960's Bernard Stanley Lloyd (see above)
1983 - 1986 Clem & Anna Fleming
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