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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 Red Lion


Greyfriars Lane. The Bell was opposite Ford's Hospital, shown here on the right


The most common of all pub names. Its early use was due to John of Gaunt, the most powerful man in England for much of the fourteenth century. A red lion is also a heraldic reference to Scotland. When James I (also James VI of Scotland) came to the throne, he ordered that a red lion should be displayed in public places.

in 1534 this property was owned by Pisford's Charity, otherwise Ford's Hospital. It is again mentioned in 1576 and in 1655 Mayor Beake issued a warrant against the ostler at the Red Lion for tippling (that is serving alcohol) on a Sunday. In 1708 it is said to have been given to charity by John Downes.

In 1774 an unfortunate accident happened when the landlord, his wife and another woman were all killed by the falliing-in of an upper chamber which was overloaded with grain used in brewing. Dr Troughton, in his PLATE XXV of Derby Lane shows such a garrett, used probably as a store-house, clearly surmountd the solar. The first floor chambers have open lids and a crane ready to hoist up goods, the use which the upper storeys was put in the medaeval houses, presumably because of the lack of building space in Coventry due to its encirclement by the City Walls and then common land..

In c1775 the Red Lion was owned by T. Dullison and adjoined the Turks Head, Warwick Lane.

In 1818 there was a lease of the pub and a malthouse, both on the north west side of Greyfriars Lane. In 1835 it was a BEERHOUSE. J. B. Shelton says that it was at the rear of the Queens Hotel and that Nos 64 and 65 Greyfriars Lane were joined to become the GREYFRIARS INN. It is also said that the Stoneleigh Abbet and the Red Lion stood next to each other and both were demolished in 1879 and the Queens Head built on the site.

1822 - 1823 W. Walker
1835 Charles Price
1841 Samuel Gardner
1850 William Lovatt (See also at Dolphin, Cross Cheaping in 1861)
1861 Samuel Hunt
1868 - 1871 James Hatton
1874 H. Kemp 
1534 Pisford's Charity
to 1708 John Downes
1818 J. Miller, H. Miller & W. Farnell
1823 T. Hayes
c1823 Joseph Hayes
to 1834 Miss E. Hayes
1834 R. Mallabone & E. Mallabone (marriage)
1877 J. S. Whittem (or J. S. Sibley?)

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