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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 Mermaid Tavern

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The boarded-up empty Mermaid Inn awaiting demolition in 1967.

NAME MERMAID INN
ADDRESS 109 GOSFORD STREET
Historically the Mermaid Tavern was a famous pub in Cheapside in London. It was frequented by Raleigh, Beaumont, Fletcher, Donne, Ben Johnson and Shakespeare. But why such a nautical name in Coventry?

At some time the Mermaid was owned by Bablake Boys' Hospital and a rent of 2s. was paid by William Gilbert. Later the pub was leased by Phillips and Marriott for £35 per annum from Kirby and Sons of Coventry. On 24 June 1902 they purchased it.
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 T. Baker
1828 - 1841 Charles Thwaites ( Twaites )
1845 - 1851 Joseph Adler
1861 Thomas Sabin
1868 A. Copeland
1868 William Morgan
1870 James Moore
1870 - 1871 Charles Henry Sumner
1874 E. Wright
1879 J. F. Tomms
1881 Charles Blay
1890 - 1891 Julia T. Cooper
1893 Henry Andrews
1894 - 1896 Mrs. J. K. Cooper
1898 Charles Bailey
1902 - 1903 William Henry Smith
1904 Frederick Sutton
1905 James Mills
1906 Enoch Bradley
1908 Harriett Ellen Statham
1909 - 1940 James Murray
Owners
? Bablake Boys Hospital
to 1902 Kirby and Sons
1902 - 1924 Phillips & Marriott

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Dict PN Historically, the Mermaid Tavern was a famous London pub in Cheapside, London. It was frequented by Raleigh, Beaumont, Fletcher, Donne, Ben Johnson and Shakespeare.

? JA7 & JA34 Ref 28 Bablake Boy's Hospital

.......and 2s is paid by William Gilbert as the owner of the Mermaid public house in Gosford Street.

1834 JA32 PA56/108/38-39 The Ram Society ( Friendly ) which now meets at the Mermaid, Gosford Street.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

13.6.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Mark Makepeace to Abraham Copeland

10.6.1870 JA119 CH&O Transfer of license from James Moore to Charles Henry Sumner

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P47 MERMAID, Gosford Street Alehouse
Owner : Charles Thwaites, South Street, Coventry
later Executors of Ann Thwaites
Licensee James Townsend Tomms
14.11.1880 TOL to Joseph Collett
9.12.1880 TOL to Charles James Blay
12.1.1888 TOL to Joseph Henry Cooper
10.1.1889 TOL to Julia Kezekiah Cooper
6.1.1898 TOL to Henry Andrews
19.5.1898 TOL to Charles James Bromfield

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

? P&M PR Leased by Phillips & Marriott for £ 35 p.a. for Kirby & Sons, Coventry.

24.6.1902 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott

DYKC P35 Q10 Photo - Bass

CS1 Photo - Bass

1967 Closed

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot T. Baker

1828/29 Pigot Chas Thwaites

1828/29 JA114 Pigot Chas Thwaites

1835 Pigot Charles Twaites

1841 Pigot Charles Thwaites

1841 Census Charles Thwaites 45 yo b Wks m Anne, 37 & 5 kids

1845 Kelly Joseph Adler Gosford Street

1850 CS Joseph Adler

1850 JA114 Lascelles J. Adler and dealer in hay & straw

1851 Census Joseph Adler 38 yo b Coventry m Sarah, 37

1861 Census Thomas Sabin 27 yo innkeeper b Kingston m Fanny M., 25 & 1s,
1867 JA141 CS Mark Makepeace [ 2 servants, 1 s-i-l

1867 JA141 CS Abraham Copeland

1868 Buchanan A. Copeland

23.11.1868 Lantern William Morgan

1870 JA119 CH&O James Moore

1870 JA119 CH&O Charles Henry Sumner

1871 Census Charles H. Sumner 24 yo b London m Mary A. & 2 servants

1874 JA114 White E. Wright
1878 LJ Vol 1 P47 James Townsend Tomms
1879 Stevens J. F. Tomms
1880 LJ Vol 1 P47 James Townsend Tomms
1880 LJ Vol 1 P47 Joseph Collett
1880 LJ Vol 1 P47 Charles James Blay
1881 C&B Charles Blay
1888 LJ Vol 1 P47 Charles James Blay
1888 LJ Vol 1 P47 Joseph Henry Cooper
1889 LJ Vol 1 P47 Joseph Henry Cooper
1889 LJ Vol 1 P47 Julia Kezekiah Cooper
1890/91 R&G Julia T. Cooper
1893 Reporter Henry Andrews

1894 R&G J. K. Cooper

1896 R&G Mrs J. K. Cooper
1898 LJ Vol 1 P47 Julia Kezekiah Cooper
1898 LJ Vol 1 P47 Henry Andrews 1893 or 1898 ?
1898 LJ Vol 1 P47 Charles James Bromfield Bromfield or Bailey ?
2.5.1898 P&M PR Charles Bailey

29.5.1902 P&M PR William Henry Smith

1903 R&G W. H. Smith

20.9.1904 P&M PR Frederick Sutton

30.1.1905 P&M PR James Mills

1905 R&G James Mills

9.3.1906 P&M PR Enoch Bradley

19.5.1908 P&M PR Harriett Ellen Statham

19.3.1909 P&M PR James Murray manager

1909 R&G James Murray

1911/12 Spennell James Murray

24.6.1912 P&M PR James Murray tennant

1912/13 Spennell James Murray

1919 Spennell James Murray

1921/22 Spennell James Murray

1924 P. James James Murray

1926/27 P. James James Murray

1929 P. James James Murray

1931/32 P. James James Murray

1933/34 P. James James Murray

1935/36 P. James James Murray

1937/38 P. James J. Murray

1939/40 P. James J. Murray

1955/56 Barrett Not listed in street section

1957 Barrett Not listed in street section

1960 Barrett Not listed in street section

1961 Barrett Not listed in street section

1962 Barrett Not listed in street section

1966 Barrett

OWNERS


28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P47 Charles Thwaites, South Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P47 Executors of Ann Thwaites
1898 LJ Vol 1 P47 Executors of Ann Thwaites
? JA7 & JA34 Ref 28 Bablake Boys Hospital

? P&M PR Kirby & Sons, Coventry

1902 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

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