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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 Rose and Woodbine Inn


This name is a combination of the rose, the English national flower, with the woodbine. The name woodbine has been applied to several climbing plants. At one time it was used for the convolvulus and ivy but now it is used for the common honeysuckle. It makes a good pastoral name.

In its earlier days the Rose and Woodbine was a small cottage with just a beer license and, with a few other cottages that were attached it, formed the only property for miles around. At the top of what is now Avon Street was a gate that led to Stubbs Farm and another gate at the end of what is now Shakespeare Street led to Fitters Fields. David Ward, who was tenant for 30 years, also had a butchers shop there. He was known for his great generosity to the poor and old people of the district. In the butchers shop he always kept a copper full of stew which he handed out to the poor and needy. It is said that he roasted a bullock at the rear of the premises for some charitable cause. His pony and gig were kept in the stables behind the pub.

The Rose and Woodbine had a beer-only license from 1903 to 1911. From 1868 to 1876 see the BEERHOUSE, Stoke, Pinfold. In 1961 the Rose and Woodbine was owned by Phipps of Northampton. in 1983 it was said that ' for a back street boozer in a work-a-day part of town it has a notably handsome lounge, complete with wood panelling, oval mirrors, willow pattern plates and a fine open fire'.

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Coventry Evening Telegraph clipping from February 1961

Known Licensees are;
1879 - 1892 John Gardener Pinfold
1903 - 1936 David Ward & Butcher
1937 - 1940 F. E. Eatwell
1958 - 1961 Charlie Tebbutt (see above and also Swanswell Tavern, Swanswell Street, Wyken Pippin, Ansty Road and Ivy Cottage, King William Street)

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