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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 Horse Inn

NAME GOLDEN HORSE INN
ADDRESS BAYLEY LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES PEPPER LANE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1426 1426 BELL
1471 1670 LE CROWN, CROWN ( High Street / Broadgate / Earl Street )
1779 1779 BELL AND CROWN
1756 1824 GOLDEN HORSE INN ( Bayley Lane )
1828 1841 GOLDEN HORSE ( Earl Street )
I have no idea about this name, which seems most popular in Coventry.

In 1756 six soldiers were billeted here. Regiments of soldiers were regularly housed in the inns around the city before the barracks were built in 1793.

In 1786 Mary Felkin obtained a post as servant to Mr. Crosby of the Golden Horse Inn, which was situated next to the city gaol in the narrow road that ran alongside Holy Trinity church. At the rear of the inn there was a hayloft and warehouse. At about 11 o'clock on 2nd January 1787, the family retired to bed and Mary Felknin robbed the inn and set fire to the hayloft. She was ultimately apprehended and hung on Whitley Common.

The pub is said to have closed in 1824 and was later replaced by the gaol. Yet in 1828 Joseph Quiney had the Golden Horse in Earl Street. This cannot have been the same building because the Golden Horse in Earl Street occupied Palace Yard, the opposite side of the road to Bayley Lane. Perhaps when the Golden Horse in Bayley Lane closed he took the name and his customers to the Earl Street premises.

See also THE GOLDEN HORSE, Earl Street and THE ESTABLISHMENT, Cuckoo Lane
Known Licensees are;
1786 - 1787 Mr. Crosby
1822 - 1823 J. Quiney

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