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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 Vaults

photo of Smithford Street celebrations for the coronation of George V

Smithford Street celebrations for the coronation of George V in 1911

NAME GODIVA VAULTS
ADDRESS 56 SMITHFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
c1800 1868 LORD NELSON, NELSON
1879 1887 LADY GODIVA
1881 1891 GODIVA VAULTS
1910 1928 EMPIRE VAULTS
1845 1925 GODIVA, GODIVA INN

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.

This pub carries this name in direcories from 1881 to 1891

Licensees (to be confirmed)
1822 - 1823 J. Stowe
1828 - 1829 William Johnson
1835 - 1841 Samuel Pearson
1845 Mrs Elizabeth Pearson
1850 - 1851 John Lydiatt
1861 William Kirkpatrick
1868 Joseph Barker, Bond Street
1868 - 1871 Abraham Jennings
1879 Charles Alexander, Smithford Street
1881 B. Lazenby (G. Lazenby)
1886 George Small
1890 - 1891 W. Taylor
1893 J. Padgett
1894 H. Bowkett
1896 William J. Jarrard
1896 - 1902 William 'Smiler' Raven
1902 - 1903 Harry Parkes
1903 C. H. Parkes
1904 - 1905 Thomas George Porter
1906 - 1908 James Betts
1908 Thomas Stone
1909 - 1912 Thomas Phipps
1912 - 1922 Alfred Hurst
1922 - 1924 John Leeson
1926 - 1929 W. E. Morley

Owners
1892 - 1913 J. Laxon, 2 Bath Terrace, Holyhead Road, Coventry
1913 Phillips and Marriotts
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to 1910 JA Lady Godiva

4.4.1913 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott for £ 6000

CS 5 Photo
Slaughterhouse to rear

1928 Police License removed to Maudsley hotel
Robin Hood, Cox Street, closed in consideration of removal of Empire Vaults.

c1930 CWL P11 Photo

LICENSEES
1911/12 Spennell Thomas Phipps
28.8.1912 P&M PR Alfred Hurst
1912/13 Spennell A. Hurst
1919 Spennell Alfred Hurst
18.9.1919 P&M PR Alfred Hurst new agreement
1921/22 Spennell Alfred Hurst
23.5.1922 P&M PR John Leeson manager
1924 P. James J. Leeson
1926/27 P. James W. E. Morley
1929 P. James W. E Morley
1931/32 P. James Licensee not named
No 56 = Cash & Co, boot dealers

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