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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 Wheel

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Trams at Priestley Bridge Depot on the Leicester Causeway

NAME OLD WHEEL
ADDRESS LEICESTER CAUSEWAY
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES LEICESTER ROW
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1800 1890 WHEEL TAVERN
1890 1932 OLD WHEEL TAVERN

Possibly something to do with a wheelwright's workshop?

This pub is thought to date back to at least 1800 when it was known as the WHEEL TAVERN. In 1839 it was advertised for sale.

In 1844 the inquest into the death of seventeen month old Emma Golsby was held at the Wheel Tavern, before a jury of fourteen. The inquest's verdict was that Emma Golsby was the victim of wilful murder. The pub became the Old Wheel Tavern in 1890. The Old Wheel closed on 28th February 1932 on the payment of compensation.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 S. Gough
1828 - 1829 William Gough
1835 Thomas Cooper
1841 Thomas Farr
1845 G. Tandy
1850 - 1851 Elihah Dalton
1861 - 1874 James Vickers
1879 - 1881 William J. Smith
1886 J. Stringer
1890 - 1903 Joseph Vickers
1905 - 1913 Robert H. C. Wells
1919 - 1922 Herbert Tyler
1924 - 1929 P. Cross
1931 - 1934 J. W. Chislett
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Dict PN Possibly the site of a wheelwright's shop in former times

c1800 COC P42 Mentioned in napoleonic poem Wheel Tavern

1839 JA For sale

1844 FDSDC Golsby murder

Two days after the murder an inquest was held before a jury of fourteen at the Wheel Tavern in leicester Row.

1844 Cov Murders P31 the inquest ( Golsby murder at Canal tavern ) was held at the Wheel Tavern in Leicester Row on the evenings of 23 and 24 April.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map
Leicester Row

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P47 OLD WHEEL, Leicester Row Alehouse
Owner : James Vickers, Lamb Street, Coventry
later John Bell & Co, Burton on Trent
Licensee : James Vickers
10.7.1879 TOL to William Smith snr
6.8.1885 TOL to John Sumner
11.3.1886 TOL to Joseph Stringer
8.11.1887 TOL to Florence Emma Murnone
25.5.1889 TOL to Joseph Reuben Vickers
23.8.1897 fined 20/- & costs 10/6 for opening during prohibited hours

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

28.2.1932 Police Closed on payment of compensation

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot S. Gough Wheel Tavern

1828/29 Pigot Wm Gough Wheel Leicester Row

1835 Pigot Thomas Cooper Wheel Tavern

1841 Pigot Thomas Farr " " Leicester Row

1841 Census Thomas Farr 25 yo b Wks m Elizabeth, 25 & 1 kid

1845 Kelly G. Tandy Wheel

1850 CS Elijah Dalton Wheel Tavern

1851 Census Elijah Dalton 37 yo b Foleshill m Charlotte, 38 & 3d, 2s

1861 Census James Vickers b London m Sarah, 46 & 2s, 1d

1868 Buchanan J. Vickers Wheel Tavern

23.11.1868 Lantern James Vickers Wheel Tavern

1871 Census James Vickers 58 yo b Coundon m Sarah, 56 & 1s, 1d & Blount

1874 C&B J. Vickers Wheel Tavern [ family (4) & Dixon
1878 LJ Vol 1 P47 James Vickers Old Wheel [ family (3) ( 2 Leicester Row )

1879 LJ Vol 1 P47 James Vickers Old Wheel
1879 LJ Vol 1 P47 William Smith snr Old Wheel
1879 Stevens William Smith Wheel Tavern

1881 C&B William J. Smith Wheel Tavern
1885 LJ Vol 1 P47 William Smith snr Old Wheel
1885 LJ Vol 1 P47 John Sumner Old Wheel
1886 LJ Vol 1 P47 John Sumner Old Wheel
1886 LJ Vol 1 P47 Joseph Stringer Old Wheel
1886 C&B J. Stringer Wheel Tavern
1887 LJ Vol 1 P47 Joseph Stringer Old Wheel
1887 LJ Vol 1 P47 Florence Emma Murnone Old Wheel
1889 LJ Vol 1 P47 Florence Emma Murnone Old Wheel
1889 LJ Vol 1 P47 Joseph Reuben Vickers Old Wheel
1890/91 R&G Joseph Vickers Old Wheel

1893 Reporter J. Vickers

1894 R&G Joseph Vickers

1896 R&G Joseph Vickers
1898 LJ Vol 1 P47 Joseph Reuben Vickers Old Wheel
1903 R&G Joseph Vickers

1905 R&G R. H. C. Wells

1909 R&G R. H. C. Wells

1911/12 Spennell Robert H. C. Wells

1912/13 Spennell R. H. C. Wells

1919 Spennell Herbert Tyler

1921/22 Spennell Herbert Tyler

1924 P. James P. Cross

1926/27 P. James P. Cross

1929 P. James P. Cross

1931/32 P. James J. W. Chislett

1933/34 P. James J. W. Chislett

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P47 James Vickers, Lamb Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P47 John Bell & Co, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol 1 P47 John Bell & Co, Burton on Trent

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