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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 Shepherd and Shepherdess

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ADDRESS KERESLEY ROAD

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1790   SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS/OLD SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS
  present OLD SHEPHERD

These two were figures much loved by the pastoral poets, who often implied that the shepherd's existence was ideal. ' Shepherd ' also has Christian significance, referring to Christ, or the spiritual leader of a 'flock'.

On the evening of 8th April 1790 the landlord was laid in bed and his neice was in charge of tending him and running the pub, three boisterous men came in. They were Anthony Fanshaw, Thomas Phillips and Matthew Archer, who proceeded to rob the inn. They were later hanged for the offence.

In 1936 a new pub was built behind the old one. The old pub was demolished but the cellars of the old pub still remain under the car park of the new one. The new pub boasted that it was the only one in Coventry with revolving doors to the 'vaults'.

When the new inn was built just before the old one closed a reporter from the Midland Daily Telegraph visited and spoke to Daniel Osborne, an 82 year old who had spent his entire life in the village. He recalled the old days: 'Fine place that but it'll never see the sights we saw here. This used to be a big calling place for the farmers. All the horses were tied up outside and when the farmers had a pint or two we saw some fun!'

The name was simplified in 2009 to the OLD SHEPHERD

Coventry Standard clipping from April 21st 1961

Coventry Standard clipping from April 21st 1961

Licensees
1790 Samuel Humphries
1845 T. Hyde
1850 Catherine Hyde & butcher
1863 - 1866 Mrs Mary Smallwood
1874 - 1879 Joseph Perkins
1880 - 1908 James Treddell
1912 Joseph E. Peacock
1924 Harry Kemp
1926 James Kelly
1933 - 1934 John Kelly
1935 - 1938 David Buckley (see also Queen Inn, Primrose Hill Street)
1939 - 1940 G. A. Clews
1959 - 1961 and onwards John Ronald Millington (see clipping above)
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