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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 Cup

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NAME GOLDEN CUP
ADDRESS 35 FAR GOSFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1782 1782 CUP
1782 1987 GOLDEN CUP
1987 1995 CUP
1995 2010 BEER ENGINE
2010 c2011 BOSTONS SPORTS BAR
c2011 c2013 BEER ENGINE
The name is a reference to the arms of the Worshipfull Company of Goldsmiths.

In 1782 the Cup in Gosford Street is mentioned when money is embezzeled from a society that used the pub. In 1785 the pub is for sale, and in 1787 and 1803 to let. In 1787 at team from the Golden Cup played an XI from the Dyers Arms in Spon Street at cricket on Gosford Green.Then in 1820 the Golden Cup is named in a mortgage along with its brewhouse and pig stye. In 1846 it was used for auctions and then in 1858 the Golden Cup was purchased by Thomas Saunders for £ 530. It is known as a home-brew pub until 1920.

During the Second World War the front was damaged by a bomb and temporarily repaired in November 1940. The war damage to the pub was repaired when it was practically rebuilt in 1961 In 1961 it was said that ' although modernised 30 or 40 years ago, it still shows evidence of its early history, for it is reputed to be one of the oldest public houses in Coventry. It was one of Coventry's early pubs and brewed its own beer many years ago '.

From 1995 it was known as the BEER ENGINE.

Coventry Evening Telegraph clipping from 1961
Known Licensees are;
1828 - 1835 Joseph Johnson
1841 - 1851 William Kimberley
1861 - 1876 George Matthews
1879 William Hutt
1881 H. G. Matthews
1884 - 1892 William Freeman senior
1892 - 1896 William Freeman junior
1898 - 1903 Albert Payne
1903 - 1908 John William Shortley
1909 - 1928 John Joseph Mattocks
1928 - 1932 Charles J. Pritchard
1932 - 1936 Frederick William Heath
1936 - 1938 William Lewis
1940 William Lenton
1939 - 1940 W. Smith
1947 - 1952 Jack Davidson
1952 William Riley
1961 - 1964 Harold Wright (see also the Acorn, Cook Street)
1964 John Pearman
1964 Francis Johnson
1995 Aliot Maynard
Owners
to 30.3.1820 J. Leigh
30.3.1820 - 21/22.12.1827 J. Saunders
from 21/22.12.1827 J. Johnson
1880 William Matthews
Brewers
to 1877 George Matthews
1877 - 1887 William Freeman senior
1887 - 1892 William Freeman junior
1892 - 1902 Albert Victor Payne
1902 - 1906 James William Shortley
1906 - 1920 John J. Mattocks
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Dict PN A heraldic reference to the Arms of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

JA5 The Bowes Cup was donated to the Goldsmiths Company in 1551 and is shown on their coat of arms.

21.7.1782 JA16 JCM CUP, Gosford Street, mentioned when money was embezzled from a society that met there.

12.12.1785 JA16 JCM GOLDEN CUP for sale

16.12.1785 JA22 Wilson GOLDEN CUP for sale

25.6.1787 JA34 JCM To let

8.10.1787 JA22 Wilson A team from this publkic house played an XI from the Dyers Arms of Spon Street at cricket on Gosford Green.

6.6.1803 JA22 Wilson The tavern was up to let

30.3.1820 CR 328/1 Mortgaged from J. Leigh to J. Saunders with brewhouse and pigsty etc. occupied by J. Saunders.

21&22.12.1827 CR 328/3-4 J. Saunders has died and the pub is bought by J. Johnson for £ 630

11.12.1840 JA22 Wilson An inquest was held here on the body of a chilkd of 4 years, Eliza Marston, who had been burnt to death.

30.9.1844 JA22 Wilson An inquest was held here on Maria Fitzpatrick who had collapsed onto her bed and expired immediately.

28.8.1846 JA22 Wilson Usec for auctions.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

13.8.1858 JA22 Wilson The premises were up for sale and were purchased by Thomas Saunders for the sum of £ 530.

29.11.1867 JA22 Wilson An inquest was held on Richard Grove, who had collapsed and died in a nearby shop.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P31 GOLDEN CUP, Far Gosford Street Alehouse
Owner : John Smith, White Street, Coventry
Licensee : Sarah Matthew
12.12.1878 TOL to William Hutt
6,11,1879 TOL to William George Matthew
27.4.1888 TOL to William Freeman
9.1.1896 TOL to William Freeman jnr
28.7.1898 TOL to Arthur Victor Payne

to 1920 Friedrich Home brewery

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? News 2-5 Proposed to rebuild bomb-damaged front. Temporarily repaired 11.1940

17.3.1961 Citypubs 34 The Golden Cup in Far Gosford Street, although modernised 30 or 40 years ago, still shows evidence of its early history, for it is reputed to be one of the oldest public houses in Coventry. Several of the old customers remember extensive modernisations taking place, especially in what is now the smoke room and the bar. It was one of Coventry's early pubs and brewed its own beer many years ago. This Mann, Crossman and Paulin house .......

1961 JA22 Wilson The war damage to the property was repaired when it was practically rebuilt. Harold Wright from the Acorn in Gosford Street re-opened the pub as landlord

Fom 1995 BEER ENGINE

LICENSEES

1828/29 Pigot Jos Johnson

1835 Pigot Joseph Johnson

1841 Pigot William Kimberley

1841 Census William Kimberley 55 yo b Coventry m Hannah, 46 & 1 neice

1845 Kelly W. Kimberley

1850 CS William Kimberley

1851 Census William Kimberley 55 yo b Coventry m Hannah, 46 & 1 neice

1861 Census George Matthews 35 yo b Coventry

1863 JA22 Wilson George Matthews

1868 Buchanan G. Matthews

23.11.1868 Lantern G. Matthews

1871 Census George Matthews 40 yo b Coventry m Sarah, 30 & 2s, 1 servant

1874 C&B G. Matthews

1876 JA22 Wilson George Matthews
1878 LJ Vol1 P31 Sarah Matthew
1878 LJ Vol1 P31 William Hutt
1879 Stevens William Hutt
1879 LJ Vol1 P31 William Hutt
1879 LJ Vol1 P31 William George Matthew
1881 C&B H. G. Matthews

1884 JA22 Wilson William Freeman senior

1886 C&B W. Freeman
1888 LJ Vol1 P31 William George Matthew ( Is LJ out or Wilson ? )
1888 LJ Vol1 P31 William Freeman ( Is LJ out or Wilson ? )
1890/91 R&G W. Freeman

1892 JA22 Wilson William Freeman junior

1893 Reporter W. Freeman

1894 R&G W. Freeman
1896 LJ Vol1 P31 William Freeman ( Is LJ out or Wilson ? )
1896 LJ Vol1 P31 William Freeman jnr ( Is LJ out or Wilson ? )
1896 R&G W. Freeman junior
1898 LJ Vol1 P31 Arthur Victor Payne ( Albert ? )
1898 JA22 Wilson Albert Payne

1903 JA22 Wilson Albert Payne

1903 R&G J. W. Shortley

1905 R&G J. W. Shortley

1908 JA22 Wilson John William Shortley

1908 JA22 Wilson John Joseph Mattocks

1909 R&G John S. Mattocks

1911/12 Spennell J. J. Mattocks

1912/13 Spennell J. J. Mattocks

1919 Spennell John Mattocks

1924 P. James John Mattocks

1926/27 P. James John Mattocks

1928 JA22 Wilson John Joseph Mattocks

1928 JA22 Wilson Charles J. Pritchard

1929 P. James Charles J. Pritchard

1931/32 P. James Charles J. Pritchard

1932 JA22 Wilson Frederick William Heath

1933/34 P. James F. W. Heath

1935/36 P. James F. W. Heath

1936 JA22 Wilson William Lewis

1937/38 P. James W. Lewis

1939/40 P. James W. Lewis

1939 JA22 Wilson W. Smith

1940 JA22 Wilson W. Smith

1947 JA22 Wilson Jack Davidson

1952 JA22 Wilson Jack Davidson

1952 JA22 Wilson William Riley

1955/56 Barrett

1957 Barrett Licensee not named

1960 Barrett

1961 Barrett Licensee not named

1961 JA22 Wilson Harold Wright ( from the Acorn, Cox Street )

1961 Citypubs 34 Harold Wright

1962 Barrett Not listed in street section

1964 JA22 Wilson Harold Wright

1964 JA22 Wilson John Pearman

1964 JA22 Wilson Francis Johnson

1966 Barrett
1993 Fred Aliot Maynard

BREWERS

1877 Friedrich George Matthews

1877 Friedrich William Freeman

1887 Friedrich William Freeman

1887 Friedrich William Freeman jumior

1892 Friedrich William Freeman

1892 Friedrich Albert Victor Payne

1902 Friedrich Albert Victor Payne

1902 Friedrich James William Shortley

1906 Friedrich James William Shortley

1906 Friedrich John S. Mattocks

1914 WB P20 John J. Mattocks

1920 Friedrich John S. Mattocks

OWNERS

30.3.1820 CR 328/1 J. Leigh

30.3.1820 CR 328/1 J. Saunders

21/22.12.1827 CR 328/1 J. Saunders

21/22.12.1827 CR 328/1 J. Johnson
1878 LJ Vol1 P31 John Smith, White Street, Coventry
1888 JA22 Wilson William Matthews ?

1898 LJ Vol1 P31 John Smith, White Street, Coventry

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