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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 Horatio Nelson

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The White Lion was the last building demolished to make way for the Upper Precinct

NAME HORATIO NELSON
ADDRESS 50 - 51 SMITHFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
c1734 ? WHITE LION HOTEL
? ? WHITE LION COMMERCIAL INN
1860 1861 STORK
1926 HORATIO NELSON *tbc
1927 1955 WHITE LION (RESTAURANT)
Horatio Nelson (1758 - 1805), 1st Viscount Nelson was probably England's greatest hero. All in all, in a variety of ways, there are more pubs named for him than any other person. He was born at Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk, and died on board HMS Victory at Trafalgar.

His naval career began in 1770, and by the age of twenty one he was a post - captain. He came to prominence in the 1790's in the war with France. His destruction of the French fleet at Aboukir (1798) ended Napoleon's plan of conquest in the East. In 1801 he defeated the Danes at Copenhagen, but his greatest victory was at Trafalgar, where he destroyed the combined French ans Spanish fleets. Before the battle he hoisted the famous signal: 'Engalnd expects that every man will do his duty'.

Thia pub name is only known from one directory entry in 1926 - 1927. Before and after it was the WHITE LION, though there was a Lord Nelson at 56 Smithford Street until at least 1913. Is there some kind of error here?
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