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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 Kenilworth Castle Inn

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The Kenilworth Castle is typical of many properties in Hertford Street in the early part of the century. This would have been a postcard produced for the proprietor, J.T. Woodward, who is proudly standing at the door. The Geisha Cafe can be seen to the right, this being a favourite meeting place for shoppers to have a cream cake and a cup of tea. The Kenilworth Castle closed in 1939, before the War started. The building survived the bombing but was demolished in 1965.

NAME KENILWORTH CASTLE INN
ADDRESS 39 HERTFORD STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 90 HERTFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1835 1841 BARREL
1841 1861 KENILWORTH CASTLE
1861 1861 HERTFORD COTTAGE
  1861 KENILWORTH CASTLE INN

The name comes from the nearby Kenilworth Castle.

To 1841 this was the BARREL. In the 1861 Census it is called the HERTFORD COTTAGE. In 1912 the pub was photographed advertising Thornley's beers. It closed in 1939.

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Licensees
1841- 1845 James Ratliff
1850 - 1851 Henry Nichols
1868 W. Bromley
1871 Henry Smith
1874 M. A. Smith
1879 - 1881 Richard Pickering
1886 - 1891 J. Medlicott
1893 - 1896 Mrs. Elizabeth Medlicott
1903 - 1909 J. T. Woodward
1911 - 1913 Walter Gawthorp
1919 - 1922 Percy Wyatt
1924 - 1932 Bert Town
1935 - 1936 V. Grove
1937 - 1938 A. E. Farren
1939 - 1940 C. S. Fisher
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1835
BARREL
1841
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1841
KENILWORTH CASTLE
1861
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1861
HERTFORD COTTAGE
1861
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1861
KENILWORTH CASTLE
1939

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Name A local placename

1841 JA34 To this date it was the BARREL

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P36 KENILWORTH CASTLE, Hertford Street Alehouse
Owner : Henry Willford, Smithford Street
later J. Marston & Son Ltd, Horninglow Brewery, Burton on Trent
Licensee : Richard Pickering
19.1.1882 TOL to James Daffan
6.11.1884 TOL to Henry Garlick
12.3.1885 TOL to William Carpenter
5.11.1885 TOL to Jeremiah Medlicott
4.12.1890 TOL to Elizabeth Medlicott

1887 COC P53 Cov Times Inn signs

1906 OS Map

c1912 CWL P22 Photo - Thornley

1924 } P. James Short distance from station.

1926/27 }

1933 COCIP P104 Photo

Looking up Hertford Street and Warwick Lane in 1933......another pub sign can be seen. This was the Kenilworth Castle,.

1939 Closed

LICENSEES

1841 Pigot James Ratliff

1845 Kelly J. Ratliff

1850 CS Henry Nicholls

1851 Census Henry Nicholls 35 yo b Swakley, Oxf m Charlotte, 29

1861 Census Henry Nicholls 48 yo b - m Charlotte, 34 & 4d, 1s, 4 lodgers

at HERTFORD COTTAGE, 39 Hertford Street

1868 Buchanan W. Bromley

23.11.1868 Lantern W. Bromley

1871 Census Henry Smith

1874 C&B M. A. Smith
1878 LJ Vol 1 P36 Richard Pickering
1879 Stevens Richard Pickering

1881 C&B R. Pickering
1882 LJ Vol 1 P36 Richard Pickering
1882 LJ Vol 1 P36 James Daffan
1884 LJ Vol 1 P36 James Daffan
1884 LJ Vol 1 P36 Henry Garlick
1885 LJ Vol 1 P36 Henry Garlick
1885 LJ Vol 1 P36 William Carpenter
1885 LJ Vol 1 P36 Jeremiah Medlicott
1886 C&B J. Medlicott

1890/91 R&G J. Medlicott
1890 LJ Vol 1 P36 Elizabeth Medlicott
1893 Reporter Elizabeth Medlicott

1894 R&G Mrs Elizabeth Medlicott

1896 R&G Mrs Elizabeth Medlicott
1898 LJ Vol 1 P36 Elizabeth Medlicott
1903 R&G J. T. Woodward

1905 R&G J. T. Woodward

1909 R&G J. T. Woodward

1911/12 Spennell Walter Gawthorp

1912/13 Spennell Walter Gawthorp

1919 Spennell Percy Wyatt

1921/22 Spennell Percy Wyatt

1924 P. James Bert Town

1926/27 P. James Bert Town

1929 P. James B. Town

1931/32 P. James B. Town

1935/36 P. James V. Grove

1937/38 P. James A. E. Farren

1939/40 P. James C. S. Fisher

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P36 Henry Willford, Smithford Street
later LJ Vol 1 P36 J. Marston & Son Ltd, Horninglow Brewery, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol 1 P36 J. Marston & Son Ltd, Horninglow Brewery, Burton on Trent

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