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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 Market Tavern

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A postcard featuring the old Market Tower is a rare view of Market Place, which led through from where Broadgate and Cross Cheaping met to the tower, where you could turn left and take Market Street back to Smithford Street. If we are interpreting the map below correctly, The Market Tavern / White Rose is on the left and The Lamp Tavern is on the corner of Market Street to the left in the distance where we would find the Arcade Vaults at No.6 and the Market Vaults at No.22. Photo courtesy of Rob Orland

NAME MARKET HALL TAVERN
ADDRESS 19 & 20 MARKET PLACE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
? 1841 PACKHORSE, West Orchard
1841 1864 MARKET HALL TAVERN / MARKET HOUSE TAVERN
1864 1874 MARKET TAVERN, 19 & 20 Market Place
1874 1929 WHITE ROSE, 19 & 20 Market Place

Wilson records this pub as possibly being the PACKHORSE and then the MARKET HALL TAVERN/MARKET HOUSE TAVERN in 1864, when a new license was granted to Isaac Brown who later in 1869, transferred it to R.P. Barber.

The sign must have then become WHITE ROSE and C&B records this in 1874, Licensee Henry Sanders. In 1929 the license was surrendered for the rebuilding of the CASTLE VAULTS, Market Place. It closed on 30th September, 1929.

The name comes from the pubs proximity to the Market Hall. .

Known Licensees at the MARKET HALL TAVERN are;
1864 - 1869 Isaac ( J. ). Brown
1869 R. P. Barker
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Town planning map of 1888

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