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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 Queen Victoria

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Victoria Street 1940's

NAME QUEEN VICTORIA
ADDRESS 12 VICTORIA STREET, FOLESHILL
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES FOLESHILL PLACE
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1840 1879 QUEEN VICTORIA
1867 1929 VICTORIA VAULTS

Named from Queen Victoria. The first reference is in the Coventry Standard in June 1840 when the license was transferred from James Hewitt to Thomas Sabin In 1867

George Calcott opened the VICTORIA SPIRIT VAULTS in Victoria Street and in 1871 it was referred to by the same name. In 1872 John Hill of the Victoria Vaults was charged for permitting drunkeness in his house. To 1879 this was also known as the QUEEN VICTORIA, thereafter only as the VICTORIA VAULTS (see 1888 map below).

In 1890 it was leased by Phillips and Marriott for 14 years for £45 per annum from Mrs. Jane Calcott of Victoria Street, Coventry. In 1904 the lease lapsed and the pub was sold to Mitchells and Butlers.

In 1929 the license was surrendered to facilitate the transfer of the license of the Wagon and Horses, Well Street, to the Clarence Stores, Earlsdon Avenue. The Victoria Vaults closed on 11th November 1929.

Known Licensees are;
1840 James Sabin
1841 - 1842 Thomas Sabin
1842 Elizabeth Dalton
1861 - 1868 George Calcott & broker & general dealer
1871 Edwin Meakin
1872 John Hill
1872 - 1874 Jabez Calcott
1879 - 1881 Thomas Wilden
1886 William Lea
1890 - 1893 W. J. Robinson
1894 - 1896 J. Castledine
1900 Colin Neale
1903 R.ichard A. Nelson
1905 - 1906 Mary Hayes
1908 - 1912 John Henry Faulconbridge
1912 - 1913 W. Madeley

Owners;
1890 - 1911 Mrs Jane Calcott
from 1911 Phillips & Marriott
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