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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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NAME NEW INN
ADDRESS LEICESTER ROAD, LONGFORD
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES WINDMILL LANE, NEW INN BRIDGE, FOLESHILL, LITTLE HEATH
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1791 1974 NEW INN
1974 ? FIESTA
? ? CARNEY'S
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 1791 the Foleshill & Exhall Association for the Prosecution of Felons met here. In 1799 it is described as ' The New Inn, Foleshill, house of Mr Ryley, in the parish of Foleshill, adjoining the Turnpike Road leading to Bedworth '.This pub was owned by Phipps of Northampton at least between 1898 and 1926.

It became the FIESTA in 1974.

Research by 'philex31' on the Historic Coventry forum would suggest that the Sephtons and their extended family had connections with many of the pubs in the Longford area: Boat (Blackhorse Road), Boat (Grange Road), Greyhound, Elephant & Castle, Miners Arms, Bird In Hand, Green Man, Old Crown (Windmill Road), New Inn, Saracens Head, Coach & Horses, Engine. Also, away from Longford were the Park Gate Hotel and the New Inn (Stockingford).

The majority of the Coventry Sephtons appear to be descended from James Sephton, a canal boatbuilder, who arrived in the Hawkesbury area c1805 from Shardlow in Derbyshire.

Somewhat at odds with this boozy background, other family members operated temperance hotels in the city centre (The Victoria, Warwick Row and The Priory, Bayley Lane).
Known Licensees are;
1845 - 1850 Mrs. Mary Anne Chaplin & butcher
1863 John Jones & cattle dealer
1866 James Griffin
1868 William Morgan
1874 William Ensor
1876 Joseph Cattell
1879 - 1892 Francis Sephton (see notes)
1898 - 1926 William Lombard
1926 - 1932 J. Sephton (see notes)
1933 - 1940 G. G. W. Adams
1955 - 1957 William H. Keene and Edward Hogan
1960 - 1962 C. J. Meadows
Owners;
1799 Edward Ryley
1830 John Fletcher
1898 - 1926 Phipps
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