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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 Kings Head Tavern

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NAME KINGS HEAD TAVERN
ALTERNATIVE NAMES KINGS HEAD INN
ADDRESS 90 LITTLE PARK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 60 PARK TERRACE

The head usually shown on signs is that of Henry VIII but at least eight other monarchs have been shown. Sometimes there are different kings on each side of the sign board.This pub was known locally as the 'Park Gate' as it was built virtually on the site of Little Park Gate. In 1961 it was demolished for the making of the London Road section of the Inner Ring Road.

Note the longevity of Walter Judd with at least 48 years at the pub. 

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1829 J. Coleman
1835 Joseph Waterhouse
1841 Edward Berry Freckleton junior
1850 - 1851 John Judd
1861 - 1874 Frederick Addison
1879 George Addison
1881 William Judd
1886 - 1934 Walter Judd
1925 - 1940 G. A. Paxton
1959 Ethel Weston
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JBS Known locally as the ' Park Gate ' as it was built virtually on the site of Little Park Gate.

c1800 CPC P43 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map
Called Kings Arms ( Park Wall )

1878 - 1898 LJ Vol 1 This pub does not appear in Licensing Justices register Vol 1. Why ?

1885 TRE P140 Later in the month a benefit production was held at the Britannia for Mr J. Wayland, retired manager of the city's Kings Head. Whether this was the Kings Head Hotel in Smithford Street, or the Kings Head Tavern, Little Park Street, is not made clear
( We only have J. Wayland at the George, Little Park Street at present, 8.2015 )

24.8.1898 LJ Vol 2 P2 KINGS HEAD, Little Park Street Alehouse
Owner : Northampton Brewery Co Ltd, Northampton
Licensee : Walter Judd
7.6.1874 Fined 20/- & costs. House open during prohibited hours

1906 OS Map

1959 JA16 Licensee Ethel Watson

1961 JA16 Demolished

21.12.1963 CS Demolished for making London Road section of Ring Road.

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot J. Coleman

1828/29 Pigot J. Coleman

1835 Pigot Joseph Waterhouse

1841 Pigot Edward Berry Freckleton junior

1841 Census Edward Freckleton 35 yo b Wks m Mary, 35 & Emma, 7
1845 Kelly E. B. Freckleton Parkgate

1850 CS John Judd

1851 Census John Judd 40 yo innkeeper b Coventry m Rebecca, 39 & Ellen Judd
1861 Census Frederick Addison 56 yo b Shawell & 1 visitor [ ( servant ), Parkgate

1868 Buchanan S. Addison

23.11.1868 Lantern Frederick Addison

1871 Census Frederick Addison 66 yo b Showell, Leic m catherine, 67 & 1s,
1874 C&B F. Addison [ 3 boarders

1879 Stevens George Addison

1881 C&B William Judd

1886 C&B Walter Judd

1890/91 R&G Walter Judd

1893 Reporter Walter Judd Park Terrace

1894 R&G Walter Judd

1896 R&G Walter Judd
1898 LJ Vol 2 P2 Walter Judd
1903 R&G Walter Judd

1905 R&G Walter Judd

1906 LJ Vol 2 P2 Walter Judd
1909 R&G Walter Judd

1911/12 Spennell W. Judd

1912/13 Spennell W. Judd

1919 Spennell W. Judd Little Park Street

1921/22 Spennell W. Judd Little Park Street

1924 P. James W. Judd Little Park Street

1931/32 P. James W. Judd Little Park Street

1933/34 P. James W. Judd Little Park Street

1935/36 P. James G. A. Paxton St Patricks Road

1937/38 P. James G. A. Paxton St Patricks Road

1939/40 P. James G. A. Paxton Little Park Street & St Patricks Road

1955/56 Barrett Licensee not named

1959 JA16 Ethel Weston

1960 Barrett Not listed in street section

1961 Barrett

1962 Barrett Not listed in street section

OWNERS

1898 LJ Vol 2 P2 Northampton Brewery Co Ltd, Northampton
1906 LJ Vol 2 P2 Northampton Brewery Co Ltd, Northampton

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