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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 Green Man

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Short Street being cleared for the Ring Road in 1968/1969 - Whitefriars Monastry to the left. Gulson Road at middle, The Plough Inn and London Road to the right.

NAME GREEN MAN
ADDRESS 27 LONDON ROAD
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 14 LONDON ROAD, TOP OF MUCH PARK STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1748 1825 GREEN MAN
1850 2010 PLOUGH HOTEL, PLOUGH INN
In modern times the green man is associated with Robin Hood and his men who were supposedly dressed in Lincoln Green Cloth. A cloth called Kendal Green, from its manufacture there, or the lighter Lincoln Green, was used for the clothes of foresters, woodmen and the like from the sixteenth century. A more popular interpretation appears to be a symbol showing the renewal of plant growth each spring. The most common form is a face exuding greenery from its nose, mouth, nostrils and ears. Although it is of heathen origins the figure is commonly found in churches, and the rear door of St John's ( Bablake church ) in Coventry contains several carved green men. There are others about the city.

In Bradford's map of Coventry dated 1748 - 1749, this pub occupied the site of the PLOUGH, London Road. In 1761 and 1825 it is mentioned in leases of a property ' outside New Gate ( lying between a way leading to Whitefriars Mill on the north, Charterhouse Leys and the Green Man Inn to the south, the river to the east, the London Road to the west )
Known Licensees at the PLOUGH are;
1850 George Harris
1851 Mary Ann Harris
1853 - 1861 Robert Bates
1868 Golsby & Charles Cross
1868 - 1881 Charles Cross
1890 - 1891 Sarah Cross
1893 - 1896 William J. Cross
1903 - 1919 William Parker
1921 - 1924 J. W. Harvey
1926 - 1927 A. V. Harrison
1929 T. H. Sylvester
1933 - 1934 P. W. Burley
1935 - 1936 H. Johnson
1937 - 1938 F. H. Cattell
1939 - 1940 G. Ansell
1957 S. Rogers
1983 Stan Melling
Owners
1825 Joseph Wickes
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