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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 Lamb and Flag

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Classic view of Spon Street during the great flood of 1900/1901. Photo courtesy of Rob Orland

NAME LAMB AND FLAG
ADDRESS 147 SPON STREET
A heraldic sign, referring to the Knights Templar, The Merchant Tailors Company, St Johns College, Oxford, etc. The lamb is of great christian significance thanks to the passage in John 1:29 which reads 'behold the lamb of god, which taketh away the sins of the world' thus equating the lamb with Jesus Christ. As a saintly emblem a lamb accompanies John the Baptist, St Agnes, St Catherine, St Genevieve and St Regina. The lamb and flag sign shows the holy lamb with a banner.

In 1756 four soldiers were billeted here. Then we have transfers of licenses in 1848 and 1869. The conduit supplying water from St Catherine's Well ended at the Lamb and Flag until the building of the waterworks at Spon End in 1847. In 1876 an inquest was held at the pub into the death of a local resident, Hannah Screwby. The verdict was that she died 'through supposed starvation'.

The pub closed c1905 and the building then became Plaistow's fishmongers shop
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1829 John Conway
1835 William Morris
1841 John Yeomans
1845 T. Moreton
1848 William Gill
1848 John Mason
1850 - 1851 Humphrey Payne watchmaker finisher
1861 Adam Burdess
1868 - 1869 Charles Francis
1869 Mary Francis
1871 - 1874 Robert Tipping watch cap maker and publican
1879 David Marston
1881 D. Martin
1886 Mrs Weston
1890 - 1891 R. Tilt
1893 - 1905 R. R. Harris

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Dict PN A heraldic sign, referring to the Knights Templar, the Merchant Taylors Company, St Johns College, Oxford etc. The lamb is of great christian significance thanks to the passage in John 1:29 which reads ' behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world ' thus equating the lamb with jesus Christ. As a saintly emblem a lamb accompanies John the Baptist, St Agnes, St Catherine, St Genevieve and St Regina. The lamb and flag sign shows a holy lamb with a banner.

1756 Alderman Hewitt 4 soldiers billeted ' Lamb '

c1800 COC P40 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1847 Poole P342 New water works completed at Spon End. A short time prior there were upwards of thirty public pumps, wells and conduits......a conduit......near the Lamb and Flag, Spon Street.

to 1847 Spon P1 Conduit from St Catherine's Well ended near the pub, until the building of the waterworks at Spon End in 1847.

Spon 84 No 147 was the Lamb and Flag public house and according to Hewitt's record of Coventry pubs it was well established by 1756. It closed c1905. Plaistow the fishmonger then took over the ground floor.

23.5.1848 JA62 CH&O Transfer of license from William Gill to Josiah Mason

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

8.8.1851 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Humphrey Payne to William Whorrall

1861 CBH P29 BURDESS, A. ( Bicycles )
Sterling Works - Holyhead Road and Spon Street
Adam Burdess was born in Durham in 1823, the son of a miner ....... commenced business on his own account at Spon Street as a watch manufacturer and publican .....

5.11.1869 JA63 CH&O Transfer of license from Charles Francis to Mary Francis

1876 During March 1876 an interesting inquest was held at the Lamb and Flag and concerned the death of a Spon Street resident Hannah Screwby who died ' through supposed starvation '.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P31 LAMB AND FLAG, Spon Street Alehouse
Owner : Mary Conway, White Street
later Thomas Beech, 137 Spon Street
later I. Conway, Alcester Road, Kings Heath
Licensee : David Martin
29.5.1884 TOL to Sarah Martin
11.3.1886 TOL to Margaret Weston
30.6.1887 TOL to Ellen Eliza Powell
28.1.1888 TOL to Richard Tilt
? Robert Reuben Harris
5.1.1893 TOL to Richard Tilt
10.8.1873 fined 20/- & costs permitting drunkenness
7.6.1879 fined 5/- & costs prohibitted hours

c1905 Closed

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot J. Conway

1828/29 Pigot John Conway

1835 Pigot William Morris

1841 Pigot John Yeomans

1845 Kelly T. Moreton

1848 JA62 CH&O William Gill

1848 JA62 CH&O Josiah Mason

1850 CS Humphrey Payne [ m Elizabeth & 1s, 2d

1851 Census Humphrey Payne 62 yo watchmaker finisher b Coventry
1851 JA141 CS Humphrey Payne

1851 JA141 CS William Whorrall

1861 Census Adam Burdess 37 yo b Durham m Martha, 36
? WTC A. Burdess

1868 Buchanan C. Francis

23.11.1868 Lantern Charles Francis

1869 JA63 CH&O Charles Francis

1869 JA63 CH&O Mary Francis

1871 Census Robert Tipping 48 yo watch cap maker & publican b Liverpool

1874 C&B Robert Tipping [ m Jane, 38 & 2s, 2d, 2 lodgers.
1878 LJ Vol1 P31 David Martin
1879 Stevens David Marston

1881 C&B D. Martin
1884 LJ Vol1 P31 David Martin
1884 LJ Vol1 P31 Sarah Martin
1886 LJ Vol1 P31 Sarah Martin
1886 LJ Vol1 P31 Margaret Weston
1886 C&B Mrs Weston
1887 LJ Vol1 P31 Margaret Weston
1887 LJ Vol1 P31 Ellen Eliza Powell
1888 LJ Vol1 P31 Ellen Eliza Powell
1888 LJ Vol1 P31 Richard Tilt
1893 LJ Vol1 P31 Richard Tilt
1890-91 R&G R. Tilt

1893 Reporter R. Harris
1894 R&G R. R. Harris

1896 R&G R. R. Harris
? LJ Vol1 P31 Robert Reuben Harris
1903 R&G R. R. Harris

1905 R&G R. R. Harris

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P31 Mary Conway, White Street
later LJ Vol1 P31 Thomas Beech, 137 Spon Street
later LJ Vol1 P31 I. Conway, Alcester Road, Kings Heath
1898 LJ Vol1 P31 I. Conway, Alcester Road, Kings Heath

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