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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 Nags Head


Coventry canal basin

A 'nag' is a small riding horse or pony and early signs showing a nag's head probably indicated that one could be hired from the inn.

In 1779 whilst investigating the murder of John Newbold, Alderman Hewitt learnt that some suspects had been drinking in the Nags Head by the canal basin.
Known Licensees are;
1779 James Chalmers

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