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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 Railway Inn and Spirit Vaults

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The Peeping Tom on the corner of The Bullyard and Hertford Street, pre-war

NAME RAILWAY HOTEL
ADDRESS 49 HERTFORD STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 44 HERTFORD STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1841 1886 RAILWAY HOTEL
1879 1940 PEEPING TOM
The coming of the railways in the nineteenth century made a huge impact on life in Britain and this was reflected in pub names. This pub was renamed the PEEPING TOM

Known Licensees at the RAILWAY HOTEL are;
1850 Thomas George Johnson
1851 James Ashes
1861 - 1868 Henry Parker
1871 Thomas Bills
1874 Mrs Hatton
1881 - 1886 Edward Wallen

Known Licensees at the PEEPING TOM are;
1879 - 1886 Edward Wallen
1890 - 1891 G. Armson
1893 - 1896 F. W. Allard
1903 - 1922 Henry Edwin Wilford
1924 A. Buckland
1926 - 1932 S. W. Turner
1933 - 1940 Thomas R. Tudman

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Dict PN The coming of the railways in the nineteenth century made a huge impact mon life in Britain, and this was naturally reflected in the naming of our pubs.

1841 JA To let

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P21 RAILWAY INN, Hertford Street Alehouse
Owner : Representatives of Joseph Peters late of Cope Street, Coventry
later Brittan's executors ( Ind Coope & Co lessees )
Licensee : Hannah Hatton
6.11.1879 TOL to Edward Wallen
1.11.1885 TOL to George Armson
7.1.1892 TOL to Frederick William Allard
23.6.1873 fined 20/- & costs and license endorsed Sunday trading
26.4.1879 fined 10/- & costs Sunday trading

This became the PEEPING TOM

LICENSEES

WTC James Athas ( 3d ) N27320, F2878

1841 Census Samuel Hunt Railway Tavern, Union Street

1850 CS Thomas George Johnson

1851 Census James Ashes 41 yo innkeeper b Rugeley, STS m Mary Ann, 36

1861 Census Henry Parker 49 yo b Rye m Ann, 47 & 1 lodger

1868 Buchanan H. Parker

23.11.1868 Lantern Henry Parker

1871 Census Thomas Bills 59 yo innkeeper b Barleston m Martha, 49 & 1s, 3d,

1874 C&B Mrs Hatton [ 1 servant, 4 lodgers
1878 LJ Vol1 P21 Hannah Hatton
1879 LJ Vol1 P21 Hannah Hatton
1879 LJ Vol1 P21 Edward Wallen
1881 C&B Edward Wallen
1885 LJ Vol1 P21 Edward Wallen
1885 LJ Vol1 P21 George Armson
1886 C&B Edward Wallen Is this a year out ?
1892 LJ Vol1 P21 George Armson
1892 LJ Vol1 P21 Frederick William Allard Was it already the Peeping Tom by then ?
1898 LJ Vol1 P21 Frederick William Allard

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P21 Representatives of Joseph Peters late of Cope Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P21 Brittan's executors ( Ind Coope & Co lessees )
1898 LJ Vol1 P21 Brittan's executors ( Ind Coope & Co lessees )

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