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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 New Inn

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The Godiva Procession, 1902, Lady Godiva is passing the Fox & Vivian on her way up Gosford Street and away from Far Gosford Street. The greyed-out tall building to the right is the New Inn. The Co-Op stores nos 49-51 had not yet been built just below the pub when this picture was taken. The Lady is Miss Vera Guedes.

NAME NEW INN
ADDRESS 57 GOSFORD STREET

These inns were once new, perhaps replacing older ones on the same site. Many new inns came into being in the sixteenth century as a result of Elizabeth I's policies.

In 1756 two soldiers were billeted here.

Between 1853 and 1889 it was owned by the Lea, Webb and Archer families. In 1889 the pub was purchased by Phillips and Marriott for £2491/10s/0d and in the same year was valued by them at £ 4300, including an attached shop. Around 1926 it advertised 'Private room used for monthly committee meetings of Coventry Works Angling Section. Always a good fire going'. Outside there was a water pump, next to which were some stocks.

In 'Coventry in Camera' Drew and Mealey described it as 'ramshackle and insalubrious'. It closed on 30th September 1967.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1829 T. Glover
1835 - 1845 Sarah Glover
1850 Thomas Bant
1861 John Cluley publican & butcher
1868 - 1874 William Lea tailor & publican
1879 Mrs Lea
1881 Martha Wood
1886 - 1891 H. J. Harbourne
1893 J. C. Issit
1894 - 1902 Walter Edward Mealand
1902 - 1905 F. George Cracknell
1906 Frederick John Page
1907 Charles Henry Parker
1908 - 1932 William Dennis Kingston
1933 - 1934 Mrs A. M. Kingston
1935 - 1940 W. Lenton
1950's - 1960's Percy 'Bob' Boyson (see above)
Owners;
1853 Henry I Lea
1853 Mary Lea
c1853 William II Lea
c1853 William III Lea, Emma Archer, Jane Webb
1889 Phillips & Marriott

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Dict PN They were once new, later examples sometimes replacing inns which had previously stood on the site, and the name, though simple, is perfectly honourable. Many new inns came into being in the sixteenth century as a result of Elizabeth I's complaints about the lack of suitable places to stay.

1756 Alderman Hewitt 2 soldiers killed

c1800 COC P41 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1853 JA48 PA56/7/15 Henry I Lea left it to his brother's wife, Mary Lea. Her son William II Lea inherited. His children inherited. They were William III Lea, Emma Archer & Jane Webb.

1.1.1858 JA141 CH&O Transfer of license from C. W. London to John Cluley

9.11.1867 JA 141 CS Transfer of license from John Cluley to William Lea

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P27 NEW INN, Gosford Street Alehouse
Owner : William Lea
later Jane Lea
later Phillips & Marriott Ltd
Licensee : William Lea
20.3.1879 TOL to Jane Lea
11.12.1879 TOL to James Wood
11.11.1880 TOL to Martha Wood
11.8.1881 TOL to Thomas Essex
15.3.1883 TOL to Joseph Priest
12.3.1885 TOL to Henry James Harbourne
16.4.1891 TOL to Thomas Hnery Birch
14.4.1892 TOL to Arthur Bedford
1.3.1893 TOL to John Cunnington Smith
17.5.1893 TOL to Edwin Henry Langston
26.10.1893 TOL to Walter Edwin Mealand
12.4.1895 TOL to Robert Harry Archer
1.1.1896 TOL to David Gamble
29.7.1897 TOL to Isaac Greaves
22.6.1899 TOL to Mary Ann Cramp

1882 JA48 PA56/7/15 Thomas & Jane Webb & William III Lea have granted their shares to Francis Phillips & Walter Henry Marriott.

1889 JA48 PA56/7/15 Jane Lea and the Archer family conveyed their shares to Phillips & Marriott.

30.11.1889 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott for £ 2941/10s/0d

30.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 4300 ( including shop )

CIC P13 Photo - ' ramshackle and insalubrious '.

c1912 CWL P19 Photo

c1926 Coventry Review Private room used for monthly committee meetings of the Coventry

15.3.1974 Works Sports Angling Section. ' Always a good fire going '

Coventry Review Had a water pump, next to which were some stocks

15.3.1974

20.10.1961 Citypubs 63

30.9.1967 Closed

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot T. Glover

1828/29 Pigot Thomas Glover

1835 Pigot Sarah Glover

1841 Census Sarah Glover 65 yo b Wks & Ann & Sarah, both 25

1845 Kelly Mrs S. Glover

1850 CS Thomas Bant
1858 JA141 CH&O C. W. London

1858 JA141 CH&O John Cluley

1861 Census John Cluley 46 yo publican & butcher b Coventry m Emma, 46
1867 JA 141 CS John Cluley [ & 4s, 3d, 2 d-i-l, 7 lodgers,

1867 JA 141 CS William Lea

1868 Buchanan W. Lea

23.11.1868 Lantern William Lea

1871 Census William Lea 62 yo tailor & publican b Folsehill m Jane, 58 & 1d

1874 C&B William Lea

1878 LJ Vol 1 P27 William Lea
1879 LJ Vol 1 P27 William Lea
1879 LJ Vol 1 P27 Jane Lea
1879 Stevens Mrs Lea
1879 LJ Vol 1 P27 James Wood
1880 LJ Vol 1 P27 James Wood
1880 LJ Vol 1 P27 Martha Wood
1881 C&B Martha Wood
1881 LJ Vol 1 P27 Martha Wood
1881 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Essex
1883 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Essex
1883 LJ Vol 1 P27 Joseph Priest
1885 LJ Vol 1 P27 Joseph Priest
1885 LJ Vol 1 P27 Henry James Harbourne
1886 C&B H. J. Harbourne

1890/91 R&G H. J. Harbourne
1891 LJ Vol 1 P27 Henry James Harbourne
1891 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Henry Birch
1892 LJ Vol 1 P27 Thomas Henry Birch
1892 LJ Vol 1 P27 Arthur Bedford
1893 LJ Vol 1 P27 Arthur Bedford
1893 LJ Vol 1 P27 John Cunnington Smith
1893 LJ Vol 1 P27 Edwin Henry Langston
1893 Reporter J. C. Issit ( not in licensing justices register )

1893 LJ Vol 1 P27 Walter Edwin Mealand
1894 R&G W. E. Mealand
1895 LJ Vol 1 P27 Walter Edwin Mealand
1895 LJ Vol 1 P27 Robert Harry Archer
1896 LJ Vol 1 P27 Robert Harry Archer
1896 LJ Vol 1 P27 David Gamble
1896 R&G David Gamble
1897 LJ Vol 1 P27 David Gamble
1897 LJ Vol 1 P27 Isaac Greaves
1899 LJ Vol 1 P27 Isaac Greaves
1899 LJ Vol 1 P27 Mary Ann Cramp
24.10.1900 P&M PR Walter Edward Mealand

27.3.1902 P&M PR Walter Edward Mealand manager

31.7.1902 P&M PR F. George Cracknell

1903 R&G F. G Cracknell

1905 R&G F. G Cracknell

26.3.1906 P&M PR Frederick John Page

16.7.1907 P&M PR Charles Henry Parker manager

14.4.1908 P&M PR William Denis Kingston

1909 R&G William D. Kingston

1911/12 Spennell Dennis Kingston

1912/13 Spennell W. D. Kingston

1919 Spennell William Denis Kingston

1921/22 Spennell William Denis Kingston

1924 P. James William Denis Kingston

1926/27 P. James William Denis Kingston

1929 P. James William Denis Kingston

1931/32 P. James William Denis Kingston

1933/34 P. James Mrs A. M. Kingston

1935/36 P. James W. Lenton

1937/38 P. James W. Lenton

1939/40 P. James W. Lenton

1950s - 1960s Citypubs 63 Percy ' Bob ' Boyson
1955/56 Barrett Licensee not named

1957 Barrett Not listed in street section

1960 Barrett Licensee not named

1961 Barrett Licensee not named

1962 Barrett Licensee not named

1966 Barrett

( 15.3.1974 Coventry Review Licensee was a Mr Grubb for a very long time ( ?? ) )

OWNERS

1853 JA48 PA56/7/15 Henry I Lea

1853 JA48 PA56/7/15 Mary Lea.

c1853 JA48 PA56/7/15 William II Lea

c1853 JA48 PA56/7/15 William III Lea, Emma Archer & Jane Webb.

1878 LJ Vol 1 P27 William Lea
later LJ Vol 1 P27 Jane Lea
later LJ Vol 1 P27 Phillips & Marriott Ltd
1889 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

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