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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 Red Horse

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NAME OLD RED HORSE
ALTERNATIVE NAMES OLD RED HOUSE
ADDRESS BARRAS GREEN
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES BARRAS HEATH, STOKE, STOKE ALLOTMENTS, SOWE

I do not know where this name came from. In the early years of the twentieth century, Barras Green was an isolated hamlet consisting of the Red Horse Inn and a few cottages. At that time the pub had a football team called 'Stoke Athletic' and the changing room was the pub. From 1845 to 1868 this was called the OLD RED HOUSE in the directories. Was this a mistake?

In 1982 it was said the pub 'was once a typical Watney pub, now redecorated in any colour but red'.

Known Licensees are;
1845 - 1850 George Wale
1863 Charles Wale
1868 - 1876 Mark Tuckey
1879 - 1892 Thomas Pinfold
1903 - 1913 Thomas Hawthorne
1919 - 1929 Arthur Charles Robinson
1931 - 1940 Mrs. F. Robinson
c1948 - 1950 Mr. Headland
from c1950, 12 years to 1960's and onwards Mrs Irene Headland (widow, see below)
1986 Geoff & Sarah Chrimes

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