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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 General Havelock

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NAME GENERAL HAVELOCK
ADDRESS JORDAN WELL
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1841 1855 MULBERRY TREE
1858 1861 GENERAL HAVELOCK
Major General Sir Henry Havelock (1795 - 1857) was a British General who is particularly associated with India and his recapture of Cawnpore from rebels during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. He won a reputation as a great military leader in his advance northwards across Oudh (modern day Uttar Pradesh) defeating all rebel forces in his path, despite being greatly outnumbered.

He captured Lucknow on 25 September 1875 but a second rebel force besieged the town again. A few days after this siege was lifted, Havelock died of dysentery. There is a statue to Havelock in Trafalgar Square.

In 1858 the General Havelock was for sale, 'formerly called the Mulberry Tree'. This was only a year after Havelock's achievements in India. In 1861 there was an appllication to erect a slaughter house at the rear of the pub, but by 1874 the premises was a bookshop.

Known Licensees for the MULBERRY TREE are;
1841 Joseph Adler
1845 William Warden
1849 Mr Howkins
1850 John Andrews
1850 - 1851 John Coling
1852 Benjamin Smart
1852 William Warden

Known Licensees for the GENERAL HAVELOCK are;
1858 Thomas Poultnery
1861 John Deeming

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