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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 Rising Sun Inn

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NAME RISING SUN INN
ADDRESS 181 SPON STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1756 1998 RISING SUN INN, RISING SUN HOTEL
1998 c2004 FLARES
c2004 2010 GREEN ROOM
2010 2014 RISING SUN
2014 present SUAVE, IL PADRINO

This is a common heraldic sign referring to Edward III, Richard III and other landed families.

The pub is said to have existed since 1750 and in 1756 three soldiers were billeted here. In 1774 it was used for auctions and in 1794 it was advertised to let. From 1831 to 1833 it was leased by Charles Rotherham. In 1833 it was owned by Henry Over's Charity and let to Charles Rotherham for 14 years. In 1865 it was owned by Bablake School in Spon Street and leased to John Barnwell for £29 14s 0d per annum. In 1896 Phillips and Marriott bought the pub for £700. In 1899 they valued it at £3500, including the adjoining shop.

The present building replaced a two-storey one that was taken down in January 1896. From then on No 180 was a shop and the ground floor facade of the building was attractively panelled in wood. The shop became part of the public house in 1957.

One of its best known landlords was Jimmy Winter, a keep-fit fanatic and member of Godiva Harriers, who was over 6 feet tall but weighed less than 9 stone. He installed a gym upstairs for boxing. Then in the 1980's, Jim Holton was landlord. He had played football for Manchester United, Coventry City and Scotland. A somewhat more impressive physique than Jimmy Winter was celebrated by the chant from the terraces 'six foot two, eyes of blue, big Jim Holton's after you'. £45,000 was spent on improvements to the pub in 1984.

In 1998 the Rising Sun was renamed FLARES with a 70s theme. This included a brightly coloured exterior which did not go down well in medieval Spon Street. Eventually the colour scheme was toned down and by 2004 the pub was called GREEN ROOM. It had reverted to The Rising Sun by 2010 but in 2012 had closed. It is presently the 'Il Padrino' bar and grill.


Coventry Evening Telegraph clipping from October 21st 1960

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1829 Isaac Brown
1835 Hannah Brown
1841 John Humphreys
1845 Mrs H. Humphreys
1848 John Palmer
1848 - 1851 Thomas Eaves
1861 William Harbourn
1868 T. L. Broomfield
1871 - 1874 James Barr
1879 - 1886 Thomas Statham
1890 - 1891 S. Statham
1894 William Powell
1896 Charles Cook
1900 Matthew Henry Wallis, manager
1902 - 1903 Joseph Smith
1903 Charles Bass, manager
1904 William Skidmore, manager
1905 William Dennis Kingston
1905 D. Gamble
1906 - 1909 William Arthur Humphries
1909 William Bell
1910 - 1913 John William Biggs
1913 - 1922 Mrs. Elizabeth Murfin
1924 - 1926 E. Reynolds
1927 - 1936 James E. Winter
1937 - 1940 Mrs. M. M. Winter
1953 - 1960 and onwards Albert Victor Oliver (see above)
1983 - 1985 Jim Holton
Owners
1833 Henry Over's Charity
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Dict PN A common heraldic sign referring to Edward III, Richard III and to many landed families.

1756 Spon P109 Next door was the Rising Sun and the earliest recod of this pub is 1756.

13.6.1774 JA34 JCM Rising Sun used for auctions
JA 10 & 11 Wilson

1794 JA To let

c1800 COC P40 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1831 - 33 Spon P17 Leased by Charles Rotherham

1833 JA7 Henry Over's Charity

Spon Street - tenant Charles Rotherham - 14 year lease from 1833 - a messuage and premesis on the north side known as the Rising Sun public house.

1833 JA34 Ref 37 Tenant Charles Rotherham - 14 year lease from 1833 - a messuage and premises on the north side of Spon Street known as the Rising Sun public house.

1834 JA32 PA56/108/38-39 The society ( Friendly ? ) held lately at the Wheatsheaf ( West Orchard ) but now at the Rising Sun, Spon Street.

23.3.1848 JA62 CH&O Transfer of license from John Palmer to Thomas Eaves

20.2.1851 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Eaves to Charles Green jnr

5.1851 Spon P101 Coventry Standard dated May 1851

An inquest was held on Wednesday last at the Rising Sun, Spon Street

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1865 Poole P268 Esates belonging to Bablake School, Spon Street

John Barnwell, a messuage and premises, calles the Rising Sun, and a tenament adjoining, and a garden at the back.

£ 29 14s 0d

10.11.1866 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Barnwell to John Barnwell

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P3 Owner : James Marriott, Coventry
later Phillips & Marriott
Licensee : James Barr
7.1.1878 TOL to John Barnett
1.5.1879 TOL to Thomas Statham
29.5.1886 TOL to Sarah Statham
29.10.1891 TOL to John Maycock
3.1.1896 TOL to Mary Ann Cramp
29.10.1898 TOL to Charles Cooke
4.6.1888 fined 10/- for keeping open after hours

1887 COC P54 Cov Times Inn signs

18.5.1896 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott for £ 700 0s 0d

1896 JA48 PA56/7/15 1896 conveyed from James Marriott to Phillips & Marriott for £ 696 with 180 Spon Street.

30.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 3500 ( including adjoining shop )

1905 Spon P111 Photo

1906 OS Map

1909 CWL P12 Photo

c1926 - c1936 COC P31 Jimy Winter, over 6ft but weighing less than 9 stone, installed a gym News 108 upstairs for boxing

21.10.1960 Citypubs 14

1977 WRAG1

1979 WRAG2 Friendly working man's pub

1982 WRAG3 Sadly run down, large friendly pub on street where all Coventry's medaeval buildings are sited. There has been a Rising Sun on Spon Street since 1750 but the present building is more modern.

1984 Pubscrawl 87 Step gingerly from the doorway over the cellar drop. Warm yourself by the calor gas stove. The somewhat spartan lino and vinyl surroundings of the public bar - unusual in the city centre these days - help to make it a magnet for relentlessly hearty rugby followers who like an energetic Saturday night of swilling and spilling. Not that the bar is likely to stay that way for much longer. This is a pubin transition. In a few weeks time it will be closed down for at least a month while the brewery carries out a £ 45000 impovement programme.

1985 CCRAG A large pub dating back to1750 and tastefully refurbished.

Secluded beer garden. Run by ex - Coventry City and Scotland footballer Jim Holton.

1993 SSTS Unlisted.

1896 replacing an older building

The ' Rising Sun ' Inn is known to have existed in this site in 1802, but the present building replaced a two-storey one which was taken down in January 1896. Photographs of 1900 and 1909 show the building much as it is now, but No 180 was then a shop and the ground floor facade of the inn was attractively pannelled in wood. There was then four entrances, including that to the shop, but in other respects the building has not changed greatly. The shop at No 180 was taken into the public house around 1957. The timbering is, of course, false

2003 Spon P109 Next door was the Rising Sun and the earliest recod of this pub is 1756. Probably the most popular landlord it ever had was Jimmy Winter who was a keep fit fanatic and a member of the Godiva Harriers. He opened a small gym above the pub and local boxing matches took place there. In the 1980's there was another landlord with a sporting background - Jim Holton. He played football for Coventry City, Manchester United and Scotland. When he appeared at Old Trafford or Hampden Park the crowd chanted ' Six foot two, eyes of blue, big Jim Holton's after you ! ' In 1998 the Rising Sun became Flares and the interior of the pub developed around a 1970's theme. However it was in the middle of conserved medaeval buildings ! Eventuelly after a public outcry common sense prevailed and the decorators returned to ' make the pubmore in keeping with its neighbours '. Today the name of the pub has changed again and it is called the Green Room. Further decoration has taken place on part of the outside giving it a drab appearance.

Spon P112 Photo

2014 Became SUAVE

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot Isaac Brown

1828/29 Pigot Isaac Brown

1835 Pigot Hannah Brown

1841 Pigot John Humphreys

1845 Kelly Mrs H. Humphreys

1848 JA62 CH&O John Palmer

1848 JA62 CH&O Thomas Eaves

1850 COS Thomas Eaves

1851 Census Thomas Eaves 41 yo b Coventry m Thirza, 42
1852 JA141 CS Thomas Eaves
1852 JA141 CS Charles Green jnr

1861 Census William Harbourn 40 yo b Coventry m Emma, 40 & 2s, 1 boarder
1866 JA 141 CS Thomas Barnwell
1866 JA141 CS John Barnwell

23.11.1868 Lantern T. L. Broomfield

1871 Census James Barr 59 yo b Coventry m Elizabeth, 54 & 1 lodger

1874 C&B James Barr [ from Hanover !
1878 LJ Vol1 P3 James Barr
1878 LJ Vol1 P3 John Barnett
1879 LJ Vol1 P3 John Barnett
1879 LJ Vol1 P3 Thomas Statham
1879 Stevens Thomas Statham

1881 C&B Thomas Statham

1886 C&B Thomas Statham
1886 LJ Vol1 P3 Thomas Statham
1886 LJ Vol1 P3 Sarah Statham

1890/91 R&G S. Statham
1891 LJ Vol1 P3 Sarah Statham
1891 LJ Vol1 P3 John Maycock

1894 R&G William Powell
1896 LJ Vol1 P3 John Maycock
1896 LJ Vol1 P3 Mary Ann Cramp

1896 R&G Charles Cook
1898 LJ Vol1 P3 Charles Cooke

30.10.1900 P&M PR Matthew Henry Wallis manager

24.12.1902 P&M PR Joseph Smith

1903 R&G J. Smith

28.9.1903 P&M PR Charles Bass manager

8.11.1904 P&M PR William Skidmore manager

3.8.1905 P&M PR William Dennis Kingston

1905 R&G D. Gamble

15.10.1906 P&M PR William Arthur Humphies

1909 R&G W. A. Humphies

9.11.1909 P&M PR William Bell

30.9.1910 P&M PR John W. Biggs

1911/12 Spennell John William Biggs

1912/13 Spennell John William Biggs

25.9.1913 P&M PR Mrs William Murfin

1919 Spennell Mrs Elizabeth Murfin hotel

1921/22 Spennell Mrs Elizabeth Murfin hotel

1924 P. James E. Reynolds hotel

1926/27 P. James { E. Reynolds hotel

{ James E. Winter inn

1929 P. James James E. Winter

1931/32 P. James James E. Winter

1933/34 P. James James E. Winter

1935/36 P. James James E. Winter

1937/38 P. James Mrs M. M. Winter

1939/40 P. James Mrs M. M. Winter

1953 LTSD

1953 Citypubs 14 Albert Victor Oliver

1955/56 Barrett Albert Oliver

1957 Barrett Albert Oliver

1960 Citypubs 14 Albert Victor Oliver

1960 Barrett Not listed in street section

1961 Barrett Not listed in street section

1962 Barrett Not listed in street section

1966 Barrett

1983 News 2-4 Jim Holton

1984 Pubscrawl 87 Jim Holton

1985 CCRAG Jim Holton

OWNERS

1833 JA7 Henry Over's Charity

1865 Poole P268 Bablake School
1878 LJ Vol1 P3 James Marriott, Coventry
later Phillips & Marriott
18.5.1896 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

JA48 PA 56/7/15

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