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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 Dyers Arms

Old Dyers Arms, Spon End, Coventry
NAME OLD DYERS ARMS
ADDRESS 4 SPON END
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1800 1828 BERKSWELL TAVERN
1828 PRESENT OLD DYERS ARMS

This name comes from the days when dyeing was carried out on the banks of the River Sherbourne some centuries ago. The pub is thought to be at least two hundred years old. In 1979 it was 'an unpretentious working man's local'. Live folk music was performed in the back room in 1982.

In 1984 Chris Arnott acclaimed the 'small garden, but a good example of what can be done outside an inner city pub with a bit of imagination. Fairy lights and pop music..........swings for the kids.....there's a barbecue offering hot dogs, beefburgers and chicken portions most nights'. Sounds very attractive.

"Old Dyers Arms" 1913 it shows Bill Jackson, and several regulars about to treat local children to a bread and jam party, It was put on by the Benevolent Society.

Known Licensees are;
1828 - 1835 John Thrasher
1845 C. Hulm
1850 - 1851 Thomas Curson
1856 - 1871 John Bayliss
1874 C. Baker
1878 - 1889 Joseph Arch
1889 - 94 George Kaye
1894 - 1895 Alfred Bailey
1895 - 1903 Job Richard Collett
1905 E. Brown
1909 Charles Moore
1911 - 1913 E. Barlow
1919 - 1922 W. H. (W. A.) Jackson (late of the Plough Inn Spon Street)(see photo above)
1926 - 1927 A. V. Coldicott
1929 Cyril Leslie Maskery
1931 - 1932 W. Clifford
1933 - 1940 H. J. Morgan
1945 Mrs. Morgan
1945 - 1959 Thomas Lardin
1959 - 1960 Albert Newport (see clipping)
1982 Mavis Ogden

Owners
1878 Edwin Conway
later Jospeh Arch
1960 Atkinsons
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