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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 Golden Ball

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NAME GOLDEN BALL
ADDRESS 35 BISHOP STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES MISFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS ALSO KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1787 c1822 BALL INN
c1822 1848 GOLDEN BALL
1848 1848 OLD BALL
1848 1871 GOLDEN BALL
1871 1874 THREE HORSESHOES
This sign was used by many tradesmen in the past, probably because it was a simple visual symbol. It appears to have no heraldic or religious significance. The royal orb is linked with Constantine the Great, who adopted a golden globe as a symbol and added a cross to it later when he was converted to Christianity.

In 1787 an auction was held at the sign of the BALL, and in 1801 it was adverised to let. By 1874 it is thought to have become the THREE HORSESHOES, although this was at No 40
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1835 John Dunn
1841 John Ensor
1845 S. Cater junior
1850 William Jennings & well sinker
1861 William Whitehall
1868 John White
1870 Joseph Smith
1870William Barlow
1871 William Burton
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Dict PN This sign was used by many tradesmen in the past probably because it was such a simple visual symbol. it appears to have no heraldic or religious significance. The royal orb is linked with Constantine the Great, who adopted a golden globe as a symbol and added a cross to it later when he was converted to Christianity.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

10.6.1870 JA119 CH&O Transfer of license from Joseph Smith to William Barlow

1874 JA69 Wilson Whites Directory shows a THREE HORSESHOES in Bishop Street at 40, not 35. W. Barlow, victualler and blacksmith.

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot J. Dunn

1828/29 Pigot Joseph Dunn

1835 Pigot John Dunn

1841 Pigot John Ensor

1845 Kelly S. Cater junior

1850 CS William Jennings & well sinker

1850 JA69 Lascelles William Jennings

1861 Census William Whitehall

23.11.1868 Lantern John White

1870 JA119 CH&O Joseph Smith

1870 JA119 CH&O William Barlow

1871 Census William Burton ( pub not named, just 40 Bishop Street )

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