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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 Pope's Head

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NAME POPE'S HEAD
ADDRESS BAILEY LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESS DERBY LANE, THE BUTCHERY

Was this pub named after Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744), a writer and translator.

In 1756 four soldiers were billeted there. He also says that 2 soldiers were billeted at the POPES HEAD, The Butchery, but this seems to be a case of the same pub being counted twice. In 1765 Jobsons Coventry Mercury refers to the Popes Head, Derby Lane. See also the POPES HEAD, The Butchery

In 1868 Poole is already saying that formerly there was an inn near the end of Derby Lane called the Pope's Head and the entry which forms the back way to several of the houses in Broadgate and Derby Lane was called Pope's Head Alley.

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