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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 Raglan Tavern

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These are typical weaver's three storey homes on Raglan Street with the usual topshops where, to take the weight of heavy looms, the floors had to be reinforced. Needing as much daylight as possible for their close work, just as watchmakers did, they had large windows put in their top shops; but whereas watchmakers had theirs placed discreetly at the rear of the house, the not so fussy weavers had theirs facing the front street, so that it was obvious to every passer by what their business was.

NAME RAGLAN TAVERN
ADDRESS 24 RAGLAN STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 66 RAGLAN STREET

Fitzroy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (1788 - 1855), was a British General who served in the Peninsular War and was military secretary to the Duke of Wellington. He was Commander-in-Chief of the British troops in the Crimea in 1854 but was thought by many to be rather ineffective in that role

In 1859 an inquest was held here. The pub was sold in 1926 by Charringtons. The licensee was Mr. C. Webb who paid £40 per annum rent. In the sale brochure, the pub was said to be close to Singers, Coventry Plating and Press Work Co. and the B.T.H. works. Around 1930 Harry Walmsley Crossley was at the pub advertising 'Atkinsons Mild 5d, Bitter 7d', so presumably they had bought it from Charringtons. It closed c1969

Known Licensees are;
1868 - 1871 John Reed
1879 - 1886 William Smith
1890 - 1909 J. Grainger
1911 - 1913 W. H. Oxbarrow
1919 - 1922 William Leonard Egginton
1924 - 1926 C. E. Webb
1929 C. E. Salisbury
1930 - 1932 Harry Walmsley Crossley
1933 - 1936 J. A. Jackson
1937 - 1938 W. S. Naughton
1939 - 1940 E. J. J. Richards
1954 - 1957 Leslie Wilson (see also Nugget, Coundon Green)
1960's Stanley John Adkins (see also White Lion, Brownshill Green and Holyhead, Holyhead Road)
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Dict PN Fitzroy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan ( 1788 - 1855 ) was a British general who served in the Peninsular War and was military secretary to the Duke of Wellington. He was commander-in-chief of the British troops in the Crimea in 1854, but was thought by many to be rather ineffective in that role.

25.3.1859 JA16 CS Inquest held at pub

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P42 RAGLAN TAVERN, Raglan Street Alehouse
Owner : William Smith, Allesley
Licensee : William Smith
3.11.1887 TOL to James Grainger

2.1926 News 86 Licensee Mr C. Webb - annual rent £ 40. Sold by Charringtons ' close to Singers, Coventry Plating and Press Work Co, and the

B. T. H.'.

c1930 Source 23 Henry Walmsley Crossley at the pub

Atkinsons Mild 5d, Bitter 7d

c1969 Closed

LICENSEES

1868 Buchanan John Reed 66

1871 Census John Reed 47 yo b Coventry m Susannah, 46 Raglan Inn

1874 C&B W. Smith
1878 LJ Vol 1 P42 William Smith
1879 Stevens William Smith 66

1881 C&B W. Smith

1886 C&B W. Smith
1887 LJ Vol 1 P42 William Smith
1887 LJ Vol 1 P42 James Grainger
1890/91 R&G J. Grainger

1893 Reporter J. Grainger

1894 R&G J. Grainger

1896 R&G J. Grainger

1898 LJ Vol 1 P42 James Grainger
1903 R&G J. Grainger

1905 R&G J. Grainger

1909 R&G J. Grainger

1911/12 Spennell W. Oxbarrow 24

1912/13 Spennell W. Oxbarrow

1919 Spennell William Leonard Egginton

1921/22 Spennell William Leonard Egginton

1924 P. James C. E. Webb

1926 News 86 Mr C. Webb

1926/27 P. James C. E. Webb

1929 P. James C. E. Salisbury

1930 Source 23 Harry Walmsley crossley

1931/32 P. James H. W. Crossley

1933/34 P. James J. A. Jackson

1935/36 P. James J. A. Jackson

1937/38 P. James W. S. Naughton

1939/40 P. James E. J. J. Richards 24

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P42 William Smith, Allesley
1898 LJ Vol 1 P42 William Smith, Allesley

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