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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 Friar Inn


Once the through road to the "Great Park", one of Coventry's most ancient and appropriately named streets is Much Park Street, seen here in 1912.


This name must be a reference to the religious establishments in the city

The 1851 Health Map shows two premises called the White Friar opposite each other, a White Friar Tavern on the corner of Whitefriars Street and Much Park Street and a White Friar Public House opposite, at the point where Much Park Street joins London Road. The two continue to co-exist until 1874. I have managed to trace the Whitefriars Tavern back from its closure in 1962 when it was Lynch's to William Westwick in the 1850's and 60's and William Arnold in 1828/29.

The pub closed c1903.

Known Licensees are;
1868 William Reading, Beer Retailer
1879 Joseph Archer, Baker & Licensed Victualler
1886 W. J. Lindon
1890 - 1893 G. Bates
1894 - 1896 Henry Arrowsmith
1896 Arthur London

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