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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 Nugget

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The Nugget, a very large art deco styled building from 1938 which was built in anticipation of housing development on Coundon Wedge, which never happened, so the pub seems something of a white elephant.

NAME NUGGET INN
ALTERNATIVE NAMES BEERHOUSE. SKY BLUE TAVERN
ADDRESS COUNDON GREEN CV6 2AL

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1861 1926 BEERHOUSE
1879 1966 NUGGET INN
1966 1979 SKY BLUE TAVERN
1979 present NUGGET

Between 1861 and 1926 this was the BEERHOUSE, Coundon. In the 1861 census Thomas Green is a labourer and beer house keeper in Coundon. In 1871 he is a labourer publican, Coundon Green

It has been said that this pub started with the proceeds from a golden nugget from the Californian goldfields in the 19th century. However, since it was a beerhouse between 1874 and 1926, it is difficult to see where a nugget could have been of any use. It is also said that the pub was a starting point for drovers on their way to Coventry.

The present very grand building was built a short distance from the Nugget's original location opposite Northbrook Road. In 1966 it was renamed SKY BLUE TAVERN for a while (after the Coventry FC team) and then brought back to the NUGGET in 1979.

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Licensees
1861 - 1888 Thomas Green & farm manager
1892 Mrs Elizabeth Green
1900 Henry Green
1904 - 1908 Edward William Cowpe Pendleton
1912 Mrs Edward William Cowpe Pendleton
1926 John Shirley
1935 - 1940 J. G. Shirley
c1942 - 1944 Albert Arnold (also at Three Horseshoes, Stoney Stanton Road from 1944 - 51 and Windmill, Spon Street from 1952 - 60)
1957 - 1960 and onwards Leslie Wilson (see above, see also Raglan Tavern, Raglan Street)
1982 The Tarbotton family
2014 to present Phillip Burford

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