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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 Jolly Weavers

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View from Bishopsgate. Silver Street is on the left

NAME JOLLY WEAVERS
ADDRESS 16 SILVER STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES COOK STREET
Weavers played a vital role in Coventry's economy from the Middle Ages.

In 1756 four soldiers were billeted here. Then in 1779 there was a quarrel in the pub that resulted in a murder.

In 1853 it was sold by H. Downes to J. Rigg of Castle Farm, Fillongley for £160

The pub closed in 1938
Known Licensees are;
1790 Robert Mill
1800 Mr Cheslin
1822 - 1823 T. Yates
1828 - 1841 John Plamer
1845 - 1851 Benjamin Kingdom
1868 - 1874 Amos & M. E. ( Elizabeth ) Lee
1879 - 1881 Thomas Sidwell
1886 Thomas Taylor
1890 - 1891 M. Benson
1893 - 1896 R. Allen
1903 - 1913 T. S. Yardley
1919 - 1922 E. Weatherley
1924 - 1938 F. M. Hill
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Town planning map of Silver Street from 1888. Mouse over image to zoom
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Dict PN Jolly suggests someone who is of lively and happy disposition, jovial, laughing loudly as someone does who is slightly, but pleasantly, intoxicated. In earlier times the word also meant healthy and well developed, splendid. It was also used, as now, as an admiring intensifier. Something could be described as good, or more forcefully as jolly good. A wide range of pub names therefore contain this element.

Weaving played a vital part in the city's economy from the Middle Ages.

1756 Alderman Hewitt 4 soldiers billeted

18.2.1779 JA34 JCM Pub for sale

25.11.1779 JA34 JCM Quarrel in tavern. Joseph Draycott killed William Harris

23.3.1800 JA£$ JCM To let

23.5.1800 JA34 JCM Mr Cheslin moved from the Ram and took over the Jolly Weavers

c1800 COC P44 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Boardof Health Map

4.3.1853 CR101/8/425 Sold by H. Downes to J. Rigg of Castle Farm, Fillongley for £ 60

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P27 JOLLY WEAVERS, Spon Street ( Silver Street ) Alehouse
Owner : Joseph Rigg, Coventry
later Messrs Allen & Burnett, Northampton
later R. Choules
later Northampton Brewery Co
License : Mary Lee, Elizabeth Lee & Amos Lee
25.1.1879 TOL to Thomas Sidwell
10.8.1882 TOL to Thomas Taylor
10.3.1887 TOL to Richard Yardley
8.3.1888 TOL to Maria Benson
8.1.1891 TOL to Richard Allen
9.5.1898 TOL to Thomas Allen
23.6.1898 TOL to Anthony Asbury

1902 CBH P74 GORTON & YARDLEY ( Bicycles )
However, by 1902 both partners retired from the cycle trade. Gorton became a general engineering consultant, while Yardley, former licensee of the Lord Aylesford, became publican of the Jolly Weavers at Silver Street

18.7.1938 Closed

LICENSEES

1790 BSL Robert Mill

1800 JA34 JCM Mr Cheslin

1822/23 Pigot T. Yates

1828/29 Pigot John Palmer

1835 Pigot John Palmer

1841 Pigot John Palmer

1841 Census John Palmer 55 yo not b Wks m Sarah, 50 & 3 kids

1845 Kelly B. Kngdom

1850 CS Benjamin Kngdom

1851 Census Benjamin Kngdom 64 yo b Coventry m Ann, 56

1868 Buchanan A. & M. E. Lee

23.11.1868 Lantern Elizabeth Lee

1871 Census Amos Lee 34 yo b Coventry unmarried & 2s

1874 C&B A. & M. E. Lee
1878 LJ Vol 1 P27 Mary Lee, Elizabeth Lee & Amos Lee
1879 LJ Vol 1 P27 Mary Lee, Elizabeth Lee & Amos Lee
1879 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Sidwell
1879 Stevens Thomas Sidwell

1881 C&B Thomas Sidwell
1882 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Sidwell
1882 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Taylor
1886 C&B Thomas Taylor
1887 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Taylor
1887 LJ Vol 1 P27 Richard Yardley
1888 LJ Vol 1 P27 Richard Yardley
1888 LJ Vol 1 P27 Maria Benson
1890/91 R&G M. Benson

1891 LJ Vol 1 P27 Maria Benson
1891 LJ Vol 1 P27 Richard Allen
1893 Reporter R. Allen

1894 R&G R. Allen

1896 R&G R. Allen
1898 LJ Vol 1 P27 Richard Allen
1898 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Allen
1898 LJ Vol 1 P27 Anthony Asbury
1903 R&G T. S. Yardley

1905 R&G T. S. Yardley

1909 R&G T. S. Yardley

1911/12 Spennell T. S. Yardley

1912/13 Spennell T. S. Yardley

1919 Spennell E. Weatherley

1921/22 Spennell E. Weatherley

1924 P. James F. M. Hill

1926/27 P. James F. M. Hill

1929 P. James F. M. Hill

1931/32 P. James F. M. Hill

1933/34 P. James F. M. Hill

1935/36 P. James F. M. Hill

1937/38 P. James F. M. Hill

OWNERS

1853 CR 101/8/425 H. Downes
1853 CR 101/8/425 J. Rigg
1878 LJ Vol 1 P27 Joseph Rigg, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P27 Messrs Allen & Burnett, Northampton
later LJ Vol 1 P27 R. Choules
later LJ Vol 1 P27 Northampton Brewery Co
1898 LJ Vol 1 P27 Northampton Brewery Co

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