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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 Falcon Inn

The name is a reminder that falconry was a royal sport for centuries.

This pub is first recorded in Jobsons Coventry Mercury of 24th Novenmer 1783, when it is to let. In 1837 it was inherited by Alfred Phillips from his father, Edward Phillips. it was let to W. Tidmarsh. In 1841 this pub is referred to as the FALCON AND DUCK. It closed c1914
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 John Bagshaw
1828 - 1829 John Smith
1837 W. Tidmarsh
1841 - 1851 John Mills
1861 Eliza Poultney weaver
1868 T. Poultney
1868 Joseph Onions & John Vince
1874 - 1896 G. North
1903 - 1905 A. J. Wallen
1909 - 1913 H. Watts
to 1837 Edward Phillips
from 1837 Alfred Phillips

The town planning map from 1888 shows the Falcon Inn at Well Street

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Dict PN A reminder that falconry was a royal sport for centuries

24.11.1783 JA16 JCM Falcon, Well Street, to let

c 1800 COC P44 Mentioned in Napoleomic Poem ( rendezvous for the marines )

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Inherited by Alfred Phillips from his father Edward ( II ) Phillips. Let to W. Tidmarsh.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

20.2.1852 JA141 CS Transfer of license from ? Robinson to Thomas Poultney

21.12.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Josiah Smith to Thomas Poultney

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P32 FALCON, Well Street Alehouse
Owner : Charles Sumner, Cope Street, Coventry
Licensee : George North
3.3.1898 TOL to John Alfred Mallin
13.11.1882 fined 20/- & costs for permitting drunkenness

1914 - 1918 JA16 Closed during this period and nothing after that.


1822/23 Pigot John Bagshaw

1828/29 Pigot John Smith

c1837 CR 101/8/731 W. Tidmarsh.

1841 Pigot John Mills

1845 Kelly J. Mills

1850 CS John Mills

1851 Census John Mills 40 yo b Rugby m Sarah, 48 & 2s ( Well Street )
1852 JA141 CS ? Robinson

1852 JA141 CS Thomas Poultney

1861 Census { Eliza Poultney 40 yo weaver b Foleshill ( Well Street )

{ Samuel Poultney ( Well Street )
1867 JA141 CS Josiah Smith

1867 JA141 CS Thomas Poultney

1868 Buchanan T. Poultney

23.11.1868 Lantern Joseph Onions

1874 C&B G. North
1878 LJ Vol 1 P32 George North
1881 C&B G. North

1886 C&B G. North

1890/91 R&G G. North

1893 Reporter G. North

1894 R&G G. North

1896 R&G G. North
1898 LJ Vol 1 P32 George North
1898 LJ Vol 1 P32 John Alfred Mallin ( Wallen )
1903 R&G A. J. Wallen

1905 R&G J. A. Wallen

1909 R&G H. Watts

1911/12 Spennell H. Watts

1912/13 Spennell H. Watts


c1837 CR 101/8/731 Edward ( II ) Phillips. Let

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Alfred Phillips
1878 LJ Vol 1 P32 Charles Sumner, Cope Street, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol 1 P32 Charles Sumner, Cope Street, Coventry

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