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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 Fox

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Cook Street Gate 1910

NAME FOX INN
ADDRESS 4 COOK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES COOK STREET SQUARE, COLLEGE SQUARE, PIG MARKET
This sign has been used since the fifteenth century and is an obvious reference to hunting.

In 1803 this pub was used for an auction. In 1893 it was owned by Joseph Cotton, who died in 1895 and his trustees sold it to William Ratliff for £ 500. Until On Ratliff's amalgamation with Phillips and Marriotts in 1899 it was valued at £2000. The pub was still brewing at that date as Phillips and Marriotts Property Book states that the tennant was to putchase 2 kils of ale for every 12 bushels of malt supplied.

In 1903 the license was transferred to the Golden Eagle on Foleshill Road. In 1905 Phillips and Marriotts Property Book states that the license had lapsed and it was sold for £310. This shows what a premium a license attracted.
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 John Err
1835 Thomas Farr
1841 - 1845 William Wigston
1850 - 1871 John Wilson
1874 Ann Wilson
1879 - 1881 Henry Wigston
1896 - 1893 Joseph Cotton
1894 J. Padgett
1896 - 1900 William Rowson Taylor
1902 James Boneham
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Dict PN This sign has been used since the fifteenth century. It has been disappearing from urban areas in recent years but is stillcommon in the country, especially where fox-hunting occurs.

3.10.1803 JA16 Used for auctions.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map - Pig market

4.10.1861 JA56 CH&O To let

13.5.1863 JA137 Transfer of license from Ann Wyatt to John Elton

13.6.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from John Elton to John Wilson

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P11 FOX, Cook Street Alehouse
Owner Alan Wilson, Silver Street, Coventry
later Joseph Cotton
later William Ratliff, Coventry
Licensee : Jane Clarke
14.8.1879 TOL to Henry Wigston
12.3.1885 TOL to James Ballard
14.1.1886 TOL to Joseph Cotton
25.10.1894 TOL to Mr Rowson Taylor
12.4.1895 TOL to Joseph Davis
17.5.1895 TOL to John Padgett
18.8.1883 fined 20/- & costs
4.2.1884 fined 10/- & costs
30.7.1885 fined 5/- & costs for selling on Sunday at prohibited hours

1887 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

3.3.1896 JA40 Fox Inn and adjacent messuage, 4 College Square, Cook Street

28.3.1893 JA40 Joseph Cotton ( publican ) conveyed the Fox to Joseph Dewes ( of Foleshill, licensed victualler ) and Joseph Ashley ( of Coventry, auctioneer )

8.5.1890 JA40 Joseph Dewis ( William IV, Bacons Yard, Little Heath ) will left reality to wife Mary Ann and children Joseph John ( one person ) and Eliza.

15.7.1895 JA40 Joseph Dewes died. Appointed trustees were William Edward Thomas ( of Foleshill, relieving officer ) and Thomas Taylor ( Elm Cottage, Little Heath, gentleman )

3.3.1896 JA40 William Ratliff paid £ 500 to William Edward Thomas and Thomas Taylor and a similar sum to Joseph Ashley for the Fox Inn, 4 College Square, once tenanted by Joseph Cotton and John iliffe ( wheelwright ) then by William Rawson and J. Iliffe, and 3 College Square, once tenanted by Henry Hands ( victualler, Old Star, Earl Street in 1874 ) and then by Albert Walton.

to 1899 P&M PR Owned by Ratliff

from 1899 P&M PR Owned by Phillips & Marriott

30.9.1899 P&M PR Valued at £ 2000

P&M PR Tenant to purchase 2 kils of ale for every 2 bushels of malt supplied

WB P17 Fox Inn, College Square. A home-brew house

1903 JA16 Cov Herald License transferred to Golden Eagle, Foleshill Road

1905 P&M PR License lapsed. Sold for £ 310

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot John Err

1835 Pigot Thomas Farr

1841 Pigot William Wigston

1845 Kelly W. Wigston

1850 CS John Wilson

1851 Census John Wilson 48 yo b Coventry m Ann, 41 & 1s

1861 Census Ann Wyatt Fox Inn, Pig Market
1863 JA137 Ann Wyatt

1863 JA137 John Elton
1867 JA141 CS John Elton
1867 JA141 CS John Wilson

23.11.1868 Lantern John Wilson

1871 Census John Willson 70 yo b Coventry m Ann, 60 & 1s

1874 C&B Ann Wilson
1878 LJ Vol1 P11 Jane Clarke
1879 LJ Vol1 P11 Jane Clarke
1879 LJ Vol1 P11 Henry Wigston
1879 Stevens Henry Wigston

1881 C&B Henry Wigston
1885 LJ Vol1 P11 Henry Wigston
1885 LJ Vol1 P11 James Ballard
1886 LJ Vol1 P11 James Ballard
1886 LJ Vol1 P11 Joseph Cotton
1886 C&B J. Cotton

1890/91 C&B J. Cotton

1893 Reporter Joseph Cotton
1894 LJ Vol1 P11 Joseph Cotton
1894 LJ Vol1 P11 Mr Rowson Taylor
1894 R&G J. Padgett An anachronism ?
1895 LJ Vol1 P11 Mr Rowson Taylor
1895 LJ Vol1 P11 Joseph Davis
1895 LJ Vol1 P11 John Padgett

1896 R&G W. R. Taylor also a bit odd

16.3.1900 P&M PR William Rowson Taylor

10.1.1902 P&M PR James Boneham

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P11 Alan Wilson, Silver Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P11 Joseph Cotton
1893 JA40 Joseph Cotton
1893 JA40 Joseph Dewes & Joseph Ashley
1895 JA40 Joseph Dewes
1895 JA40 Trustees - William Edward Thomas & Thomas Taylor
1896 JA40 William Ratliff
later LJ Vol1 P11 William Ratliff, Coventry
1899 JA40 Phillips & Marriott

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