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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 Grapes Inn

Coventry Evening Telegraph clipping from 28 October 1960
I imagine this is a reference to the availability of wine. The original Grapes stood on Barrs Hill on the Radford Road, opposite the site of the present pub. The license and licensee were transferred to the new pub in 1932

The original pub is first mentioned in 1847, when it was for sale along with nine other pubs and a brewery, all owned by John Jordan & Co. This pub was leased by Phillips and Marriott in 1902 with two cottages and land from Swillington's Charity Trustees. The lease was for 7 years at £64/15s/0d per annum, paid to Mr. E. Mander of Kingsdown House, Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham; later to Mr. Joseph Phillips of 15 Little Park Street, Coventry. Interestingly, the brewery was in Little Park Street! The lease was renewed for a year in 1910 for £100. In 1911 it was renewed for 5 years for £100 per annum and finally renewed for 14 years in 1915 for £330 per annum.

In 1981 the pub's license was renewed with a warning for serving alcohol out of hours. It was described in 1982 as 'a typical large M&B pub of the 1950's. Absolutely nothing to recommend it except that it sells real ale.'
Known Licensees are;
1845 - 1851 Thomas Allen & cowkeeper
1861 Hannah Allen
1871 - 1879 Thomas Hinson
1893 - 1894 A. Ward
1896 - 1903 Haley Sutcliffe
1904 Joseph Benedict McCarthy
1904 - 1909 Herbert Stringer
1910 - 1913 Frederick Rushen
1913 John Pitman
1915 - 1940 Alfred John Jarrard
1949 - c1960 and onwards John William Harding (see above)
1981 - 1983 Daniel Colgan

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