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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 Royal Hotel

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Cross Cheaping viewed from Broadgate in 1908 at the time of WF Lane's tenure. The Royal Hotel is in the middle distance

NAME ROYAL HOTEL
ADDRESS 60 CROSS CHEAPING
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1868 BOARD
1868 1874 BOARD VAULTS
1874 1881 SPIRIT VAULTS
1881 1896 ROYAL HOTEL
1896 1936 ROYAL VAULTS, ROYAL WINE AND SPIRITS VAULTS
This name is a simple statement of loyalty to the monarchy. This pub stood on Cross Cheaping by the entrance to Butcher Row.
Licensees
1861 - 1868 Charles Sumner wine & spirit merchant
1874 C. Sumner
1896 - 1898 W. F. Lane
1903 - 1913 Mrs. Emily V. Lane
1913 F. H. Wells
1919 William Thomas Peakman
1921 - 1924 T. Varley
1926 - 1929 F. Dingley
1931 - 1932 H. E. King
1933 - 1936 W. V. Castle
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Dict PN A simple statement of loyalty to the monarchy

1874 See SPIRIT VAULTS

1880 ACov P101A Photo

1898 ACov P18 Photo

On the right stands the Royal Wine and Spirit Vaults. The landlord of that time being one William Flane.

c1899 COCIP P54 Photo

Broadgate and Cross Cheaping on a sunny afternoon around 1899

By the entrance to Butcher Row stands ' The Royal Wine & Spirits Vaults ' belonging to Ind Coope & Co and run by W. F. Lane.

1906 OS Map

1906 COOPP Photo 12

1914 COCIP P71 Photo

1914 CWL P9 Board Vaults

1917 COCIP P75 Photo

1918 ACov P105 Photo

1920's ACov P9 Photo

c1920 COOPP Photo 3

1929 CWL P8 Photo

1931 ACov P19 Photo

1935 ACov P20A Photo

1935 ACov P20B Photo

LICENSEES

1896 R&G William F. Lane

1898 CovAIW Photo3 W. F. Lane

1900 CovAIW Photo54 Piper ?

1903 R&G Mrs Emily V. Lane

1905 R&G Mrs Emily V. Lane

1909 R&G Mrs Emily V. Lane

1911/12 Spennell Mrs Lane

1912/13 Spennell Mrs Lane

1912/13 Spennell F. H. Wells

1919 Spennell William Thomas Peakman Royal Vaults

1921/23 Spennell T. Varley " "

1924 P. James T. Varley

1926/27 P. James F. Dingley

1929 P. James F. Dingley

1931/32 P. James H. E. King

1933/34 P. James W. V. Castle

1933/34 P. James W. V. Castle

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