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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


Spon End. These are the shops to the right of the Malt Shovel and opposite the Old Dyers Arms


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 1756 two dragoons, Edward Drury and Robert Leslie were traced to the Red Lion, where they were quartered, by a pistol found at the scene of the murder of Thomas Edwards of Whoberley. We have no other mention of this pub. It is thought to have stood next door to the Old Dyers Arms.

Known Licensees are;
1756 Thomas Pane

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