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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 Motor Hotel

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NAME MOTOR HOTEL
ADDRESS 35 DORSET ROAD
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 2 SOMERSET ROAD
This name came from the fact that the pub is close to the mill where the first license-built Daimler car was manufactured in the late nineteenth century. The pub was built in 1904 despite the opposition of nearby Cash's as they were Quakers and staunchly anti-alcohol.

It is a solid red brick building used by Daimler motor company to accomodate chauffeurs whilst they were trained on the mechanics of the internal combustion engine. Tragedy struck in the blitz of World War Two when eleven women, ushered down the cellar for safety, became the victims of a freak circumstance when a bomb penetrated straight through the drop used to deliver beer.

In 2012 it was an Indian restaurant cum bar
Known Licensees are;
1905 - 1909 Edward F. Winby
1911 - 1912 E. Freeman
1919 Edward F. Winby
1921 - 1938 T. Clews
1939 - 1940 T. Pointon
1949 - 1971 Ernest R. Wright (see above)
1971 onwards Phillip Wright (son of Ernest). Thanks to Lesley Laing (Phillip's Sister) for additional information.

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