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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 Old Duke William of Cumberland

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Prince William Augustus, 1721 - 1765, was a younger son of George II and Caroline of Ansbach. He is best known for his role in putting down the Jacobite Rebellion at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and as such is known as 'Butcher' Cumberland. After Culloden, he went on to a largely unsuccessful military career and following the French occupation of Hanover in the Seven Years War from 1757, he never held active military command again, devoting himself to politics and horse racing. Painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1758

NAME OLD DUKE OF CUMBERLAND
ALTERNATIVE NAMES DUKE OF CUMBERLAND, DUKES HEAD, DUKE OF CUMBERLAND'S HEAD, OLD DUKES HEAD, OLD DUKE WILLIAM OF CUMBERLAND AND BIRMINGHAM HOUSE.
ADDRESS SPON STREET

This pub had various alternative formats to its name. In 1765 it was called the DUKE OF CUMBERLAND when it was robbed by a recruit who was quartered there. In 1779 it had the same name but in 1845 it was the DUKES HEAD and in 1850 and 1851 it was known as the OLD DUKES HEAD. In 1830 it was advertised as ' The Old Duke William of Cumberland and Birmingham House ', which must win as the longest pub name ever in Coventry. This was described as near St. John's Church, adjoining the new road to Birmingham, so the Birmingham House part probably indicated that coaches or carters started from the pub.. It wasl also called the DUKE OF CUMBERLAND'S HEAD at one time

It had closed by 1863 and by 1869 was three seperate tenaments.

Known Licensees are;
1835 - 1841 Henry Perkins
1841 Thomas Perkins
1850 - 1851 Henry Castledine

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