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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 Queens Arms


This could refer to a number of queens, Elizabeth I, Victoria or Anne being the usual candidates.

The earliest known reference to this pub is in a document of 1840. In 1906 it was advertising NBC beers but in 1911 the license was surrendered for an off-beerhouse license somewhere else in the city. It closed on 30th September 1911. The premises became the Coventry Hat and Hosiery Company.

1845 William Stringer
1850 Joseph Mills
1861 - 1868 John Westley
1871 - 1891 Joseph Feltham
1893 - 1896 H. Sprayson
1903 Frederick Cumberlidge
1905 A. London
1909 F. Brain
1911 - 1912 James William Mason

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Dict PN A popular sign. Different queens are referred to - see Queen

12.6.1840 JA34 CS Mention of Queens Arms in Spon Street

Spon p48 The first reference I found to the Queens Arms pub at No 60 was an 1840 transfer of license reference giving the register of licensees - the eventual closure date was 30th September 1911. After its days as a pub it first changed to the Coventry Hat & Hosiery Co.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Maps

5.11.1869 JA63 CH&O Transfer of license from John Westley to Joseph Feltham

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 15 QUEENS ARMS, Spon Street Alehouse
Owner : William Day, Days Lane, Coventry
later Northampton Brewery Co Limited
Licensee : Joseph Feltham snr
17.4.1890 TOL to Henry Sprayson

1906 News 12 Photo - 'NBC'

1911 Police License surrendered for an off-beerhouse license

30.9.1911 Closed

1917 JA16 Closed by 1917and converted into two shops


1845 JA16 Pigot William Stringer

1845 Kelly W. Stringer

1850 CS Joseph Mills

1861 Census John Westley 49 yo b Coventry widower

1868 Buchanan J. Westley

23.11.1868 Lantern John Westley

1869 JA63 CH&O John Westley

1869 JA63 CH&O Joseph Feltham

1871 Census Joseph Feltham 51 yo b Coventry m Sarah, 49 & 1 servant

1874 C&B J. Feltham
1878 LJ Vol 1 P 15 Joseph Feltham snr
1879 Stevens Joseph Feltham

1881 C&B J. Feltham

1886 C&B J. Feltham

1890/91 R&G J. Feltham
1890 LJ Vol 1 P 15 Joseph Feltham snr
1890 LJ Vol 1 P 15 Henry Sprayson
1893 Reporter J. Sprayson

1894 R&G H. Sprayson

1896 R&G H. Sprayson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P 15 Henry Sprayson
1903 R&G Frederick Cumberlidge

1905 R&G A. London

1906 News 12 H. Sprayson Photo

1909 R&G F. Brain

1911/12 Spennell James William Mason


1878 LJ Vol 1 P 15 William Day, Days Lane, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P 15 Northampton Brewery Co Limited
1898 LJ Vol 1 P 15 Northampton Brewery Co Limited

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