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The Peeping Tom

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The Peeping Tom on the corner of The Bullyard and Hertford Street, pre-war

NAME PEEPING TOM HOTEL
ADDRESS 44 HERTFORD STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES BULL YARD

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1841 1886 RAILWAY HOTEL
1879 1940 PEEPING TOM
During Lady Godiva's ride all of Coventry's inhabitants behaved chivalrously and kept indoors behind closed window, except one - the tailor who peeped at Godiva as she rode past. he was reputedly struck blind and gave rise to the expression ' Peeping Tom '.

This pub was previously the RAILWAY HOTEL.

There was a head and shoulders copy of Peeping Tom in the top window. The original stood in the Kings Head, at the opposite end of Hertford Street. This copy now stands at the entrance to the covered part of Hertford Street. After the Second World War the pub became G. E. Jones clothiers and was demolished in the early 1960's when the west side of Hertford Street was rebuilt.

Known Licensees at the RAILWAY HOTEL are;
1850 Thomas George Johnson
1851 James Ashes
1861 - 1868 Henry Parker
1871 Thomas Bills
1874 Mrs Hatton
1881 - 1886 Edward Wallen

Known Licensees at the PEEPING TOM are;
1879 - 1886 Edward Wallen
1890 - 1891 G. Armson
1893 - 1896 F. W. Allard
1903 - 1922 Henry Edwin Wilford
1924 A. Buckland
1926 - 1932 S. W. Turner
1933 - 1940 Thomas R. Tudman

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Name During Lady Godiva's ride all of Coventry's inhabitants behaved chivalrously and kept indoors behind closed windows, except one - the tailor who peeped at Godiva as she rode past. He was reputedly struck blind and gave rise to the expression ' Peeping Tom '.

1887 COC Cov Tmes

24.8.1898 LJ Vol 2 P21 RAILWAY INN, Hertford Street Alehouse M
Owner : Brittan's executors
Lessee : In Coope & Co Ltd
Licensee : Frederick William Allard
later Henry Edwin Wilford
23.6.1873 Fined 20/- & costs & license to be endorsed. Sunday trading
26.4.1879 Fined 10/- & costs. Sunday trading

1898 COCIP P50 Photo
Looking up Hertford Street and Warwick Lane in 1898. On the far left stands the Peeping Tom Hotel with an image of Peeping Tom in the top window. The image now stands in the covered way in Hertford Street

1906 OS Map

c1912 CWL P23 Photo

1914 COCIP P73 Photo
Looking up Hertford Street from Warwick Row in the summer of 1914. Across the entrance to Bull Yard stands the Peeping Tom Inn
( later Hotel ) which was originally the Railway Hotel.

c1919 CS5 Photo

1933 COCIP Photo
Looking up Hertford Street and Wartwick Lane in 1933. On the left at the corner of Bull Yard, stands the Peeping Tom public house
( formerly the Railway Inn ) the landlord of which was Thomas Tudman. In its upper storey window can be seen a head and shoulders copy of Peeping Tom; this can now be seen at the top of Hertford Street

c1960 COCIP P176 & 177 Photo
The bottom of Hertford Street and the Bull Yard around 1960

Tom still peeps from his fourth floor window of the former Peeping Tom Inn which was now G. E. Jones who advertise themselves as
' The Famous Clothiers '

19.4.1966 COCIP P180 Photo
The Peeping Tom pub on the left has now disappeared as the west side of Hertford Street was rebuilt.

LICENSEES

1879 Stevens Edward Wallen
1886 C&B E. Wallen

1890/91 R&G G. Armson
1893 Reporter F. W. Allard

1894 R&G F. W. Allard

1896 R&G F. W. Allard
1898 LJ Vol 2 P21 Frederick William Allard
1903 R&G H. Wilford
later LJ Vol 2 P21 Henry Edwin Wilford
1905 R&G H. E. Wilford
1906 LJ Vol 2 P21 Henry Edwin Wilford
1909 R&G H. E. Wilford

c1910 CS5 Wilford photo
1911/12 Spennell H. E. Wilford

1912/13 Spennell H. E. Wilford

1919 Spennell Henry Edwin Wilford

1921/22 Spennell Henry Edwin Wilford

1924 P. James A. Buckland

1926/27 P. James S. W. Turner

1929 P. James S. W. Turner

1931/32 P. James S. W. Turner

1933/34 P. James T. R. Tudman

1935/36 P. James T. R. Tudman

1937/38 P. James T. R. Tudman

1939/40 P. James T. R. Tudman

OWNERS

1898 LJ Vol 2 P21 Brittan's executors
1906 LJ Vol 2 P21 Brittan's executors

LESSEES


1898 LJ Vol 2 P21 In Coope & Co Ltd
1906 LJ Vol 2 P21 In Coope & Co Ltd

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