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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 Garibaldi

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NAME HUMBER HOTEL
ADDRESS HUMBER ROAD
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES HUMBER AVENUE, FOLLY LANE
This pub was named after the Humber motor company, which began in 1868 when Thomas Humber made his first bicycles. The company switched to cars in 1905 and was later absorbed by the Rootes group, then Chrysler, then Talbot.

The pub is thought to date from c1910 and is quite sizable. It was typically plush and had snob-screens. When the factory was still working pints were lined up at lunchtimes for the thirsty factory workers to swig back.
Known Licensees are;
1919 - 1927 John C. Gaynor
1929 Thomas Pointer see also at Coombe Abbey Inn, Craven Street in 1931
1931 - 1938 J. C. Laws
1939 - 1940 Albert Ash
1955 - 1957 Cecil James Meadows
1960 - 1962 G. R. Hammerton
1983 Keith Bennett

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