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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 Rocket

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The Rocket Public House, Warwick Road, situated next to Coventry Railway Station's Warwick Road entrance.Photo © Copyright Niki Walton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

NAME ROCKET
ADDRESS WARWICK ROAD

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

See all available records HERE

FROM TO KNOWN AS
1871 c1966 RAILWAY HOTEL, RAILWAY REFRESHMENT ROOMS, MIDLAND REFRESHMENT ROOMS
c1966 2014 ROCKET

George Stephenson (1781 - 1848) was an English engineer. In 1814 he constructed a travelling steam engine and in 1829 his most famous locomotive, the Rocket, winner of the Rainhill trials and hence adopted by the Manchester to Liverpool Railway. This pub was previously the RAILWAY REFRESHMENT ROOMS. In 1983 it was called 'an identikit through lounge-bar' where there was once a 'cluster of little rooms at the front as well as an outdoor'. it had closed by 2010, then reopened again for a short while before closing for good in 2014.

Late news - plans to incorporate the Rocket/Railway Hotel buildings in to a new 'side' entrance to the whole redeveloped area from Warwick Road were sadly dismissed and the pub is to be demolished. Anything of any intrinsic or historical value is to be salvaged and used in other projects.

The once popular sports boozer will be flattened as part of the next phase of regeneration work around Coventry railway station.

Demolition is due to start in the week starting Monday June 29 2015 and will last for approximately eleven weeks.

Known Licensees are;
1983 Matthew Moten
1988 - 1991 Bill Ross
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What might be the only copy of this photo in existence, and possibly the earliest ever view of The Railway Hotel and the goods yard from around 1860 and the Bull Fields which predate the railway. Thanks to Rob Orland on the "Historic Coventry" website forum.

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