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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 Peeping Tom Vaults

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NAME PEEPING TOM VAULTS
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Previously BOARD Later DEW DROP in 1876
ADDRESS 14 BUTCHER ROW
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES CROSS CHEAPING

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'.

During refurbishment between 1850 and 1860 the SPOTTED DOG, 14 butcher Row was split into two because by 1868 we find the PEEPING TOM (sometimes referred to as the PEEPING TOM VAULTS) has appeared next door.

This pub was previopusly the BOARD and later became the ROYAL HOTEL / VAULTS in 1868 Joseph March advertised ' crust and cheese with a glass of ale anytime of the day at the Peeping Tom ( next door to the SPOTTED DOG )' - sounds good to me !

Known Licensees are;
1868 Joseph March
1871 - 1874 Charles Reuben Sparkes, watch finisher & publican
1874 W. Cooke
1879 Charles Alexander
1881 - 1886 H. Hinton
1890 - 1893 W. J. Piper
1894 H. Bower
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Dict PN During Lady Godiva's ride all of Coventry's inhabitants behaved chivalrously except one - the tailor who peeped at Godiva as she rode past. He was reputedly struck blind and certainly gave rise to the expression ' Peeping Tom '.

LICENSEES

1879 Stevens Charles Alexander Peeping Tom, Cross Cheaping

1881 C&B H. Hinton Peeping Tom Vaults, Cross Cheaping

1886 C&B H. Hinton Peeping Tom Vaults, Cross Cheaping

1890/91 R&G W. J. Piper Peeping Tom Vaults, Cross Cheaping

1893 Reporter W. J. Piper Peeping Tom, Cross Cheaping

1894 R&G H. Bower Peeping Tom Vaults, Cross Cheaping

This is vitually exactly correlated to the Licensing Justices records entries for the BOARD, 60 Cross Cheaping

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P1 BOARD, Cross Cheaping Alehouse
Owner : Charles Sumner, Cope Street, Coventry
Licensee : Charles Alexander
14.8.1889 TOL to Henry Hinton
1.12.1887 TOL to William John Piper
12.4.1894 TOL to Walter Rice
17.5.1894 TOL to Florence Bower

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