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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 Mercers Arms Hotel

The Company of Mercers (i.e. drapers) received their first charter in 1393. They dealt mostly in costly materials such as silk. The silk industry was Coventry's main trade for much of the nineteenth century.

This pub opened in 1933 under licensee, E. Hall. In 1982 this was described as a 'large, popular pub opposite Coventry City Football Club's ground' (at Highjfield Road, that is). The pub was known for hosting music: in the 1960's it was jazz, in later decades, folk.

The Mercers was demolished c2000.
Known Licensees are;
1933 - 1936 E. Hall
1937 - 1940 A. Neville
1955 - 1957 Thomas A. Hardware
1960 - 1962 T. Lloyd

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