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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 Eagle and Child


Fleet Street from Spon Street c1910

This name is a reference to the arms of the Earls of Derby, the Stanleys. The story goes that Sir Thomas Latham in the fourteeth century had an illegitimate son. He had the child placed under a tree in which an eagle had built its nest. He then took his wife for a walk round the estate and they 'discovered' the infant. Sir Thomas persuaded his wife that they should adopt it. In spite of this successful ruse he left most of his riches to his daughter, Isobel, who married Sir John Stanley. In this way the Stanleys inherited both the estates and the heraldic eagle and child.

In 1756 10 soldiers were billeted here and in the 3rd July 1780 issue of Jobsons Coventry Mercury the pub is advertised for sale.

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