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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 Phantom Coach

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The Phantom Coach

NAME PHANTOM COACH
ADDRESS FLETCHAMSTEAD HIGHWAY CV4 7BA
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES CANLEY ROAD, CANLEY LANE

This pub is on the old coaching route between Coventry and Cheltenham. It is said that one night a coach left this inn and disappeared, never to be seen again. The legend has it that the coach sunk without trace in the marshland that covered this area before drainage. If this is so, what was the name of the pub at that time? At that time the main road was the track that we now call Canley Ford.

In 1935 Atkinsons built this large red brick pub on the new main road called Fletchamstead Highway.

In 1982 it was described as 'a modern pub on the Coventry by-pass. Coaches by appointment only (phantom or otherwise) says the sign'.

Licensees
1935 - 1938 E. B. Thorne
1939 - 1940 T. E. Berkley
1955 - 1957 Frank A. Parker
1960 - 1962 A. Followell
1983 Hugh Curley
2015 Jamie Phillips

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