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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 Godiva

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NAME GODIVA
ADDRESS 13 BULL RING
Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia, in the eleventh century. The story goes that Leofric was being severe on his tenants, which distressed his wife. She asked him to remove his impositions and he agreed to do so - on condition that she rode naked through the streets of the city. She did so and Leofric kept his word.

I have only one record of this pub, in the Census of 1871. Since the Spotted Dog was no's.12 and 13 Bull Ring, one can only assume that for a short while No.13 seperated from No.12.
Known Licensees are;
1871 Charles R. Sparkes & watch finisher

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