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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 Jules Verne

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The New Spires, Grayswood Avenue. The 1930's-built public house has had another colour transformation back to black and white since its brief foray into pastel shades. Opened as the Three Spires Hotel, it became the Jules Verne theme pub in the early 1970's then the Spires Tavern, the Rectory by the late 1980's and now the New Spires with a 'pub for let' sign on its frontage to the right of the bay windows. Photo © Copyright E Gammie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

NAME JULES VERNE
ADDRESS GRAYSWOOD AVENUE

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1939 1966 THREE SPIRES HOTEL
1966 1981 JULES VERNE
1981 1991 SPIRES HOTEL
1991 ? RECTORY
? present NEW SPIRES

Jules Verne (1825 - 1905) was a French novelist who introduced science fiction. In 1865 he was already describing a journey to the moon and later under the sea. This pub was decorated in themes from his 'Around the World in Eighty Days'.

Built in the 1930's this pub was formerly the THREE SPIRES HOTEL then JULES VERNE in the 1970'S. In 1981 it reopened as the SPIRES 18 months after the Jules Verne was completely gutted by fire. From being a theme pub relating to 'Around the World in 80 Days' it adopted the then current trend for tradition with beams, twee lamps, watlle and daub walls and a fibre glass range!

In the 1980's renamed the RECTORY then up to date as the NEW SPIRES

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