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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 Hole in the Wall


There have been various explanations offered for for this pub name. They include references to holes in the wall of condemned calls, through which prisoners could speak; or in the walls of debtor's prisons, through which supplies could be passed; or in the walls of a lepers den, through which priests could put their hands in order to bless those inside. Sometimes the hole in the wall is a kind of spy-hole. It can refer to the position of a pub, i.e. beneath one of the arches of a railway viaduct or suchlike bridge, or the chief entrance to the pub can be through a narrow passage which breaks up the buildings facing onto the street. Or whe hole could be a hatch through which drinks were passed to coachmen who waited outside for their passengers.

No doubt this was the nickname of one of the pubs on Fleet Street.

In 1828 this pub was conveyed from Benjamin Dickens and Abraham Taylor to Henry Griswold

to 1828 Benjamin Dickens and Abraham Taylor
from 1828 Henry Griswold

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