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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 Minstrel Boy

Photo of The Minstrel Boy. Some rights reserved by Ian Halsey

This name could be a reference to the Minstrel Boy in Thomas Moore's 'Irish Melodies' or to a famous racehorse. The Melodies were very popular indeed and the relevant poem begins;

'The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him,
His father's sword he had girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him'

It opened on 10th November 1961 under licensee, Herbert Daniel Jones. In 1982 this was described as a 'very pleasant estate pub with a very friendly clientele. Recommended'.
1961 Herbert Daniel Jones
1970 onwards Thomas Hipkiss. (See also Fox and Vivian, Gosford Street 1970)
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Thomas and Mrs Hipkiss. From the CET special publication "Cheers - Pubs, taverns and alehouses of old Coventry", March 1992. Tom kept The Minstrel Boy in Allesley Park for several years after the Fox and Vivian, Gosford Street.

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