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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 Darby and Joan

Gosford Street 1924
Henry Wodfield mentioned Darby and Joan in a ballad published in 1735. He is said to have had a certain John Darby and his wife in mind. The phrase subsequently came to mean a long-married contented couple

In 1756 four soldiers were billeted here. As this is only twenty years after the publishing of the ballad, Darby and Joan soon attained fame!

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