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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 Spirit Vaults

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NAME SPIRIT VAULTS
ADDRESS 1 SMITHFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1868 BOARD, Broadgate
1874 1898 SPIRIT VAULTS, 1 Smithford Street
1893 1903 BOARD, 1 Smithford Street
1903 1929 COVENTRY ARMS, Smithford Street / Broadgate
Known Licensees are;
1868 - 1874 John Dell
1886 - 1893 Wine & Spirit Merchant licensee W. Threadwell
1894 Lucas, Blackwell and Arkwright, brewers, manager William Harrison
1898 - 1903 Lucas & Co, brewers, manager William Harrison
1905 - 1909 W. Newman
1910 - 1924 Thomas Strong
1926 - 1929 E. Reynolds

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( John Dell's career is covered under Board, Broadgate and seperately under Licensees.)

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P29 BOARD, Smithford Street ( SPIRIT VAULTS ) Alehouse
Owner : Francis Wyley, Coventry
later Morton Peto Lucas & others
Licensee : Arthur James Lucas & William Wells Ridley
6.8.1883 TOL to { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
11.3.1886 TOL to William Traddell
5.8.1886 TOL to { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
28.6.1888 TOL to William Harrison

LICENSEES

( Licensees appear to have been Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright with various managers )

1874 JA White John Dell, Spirit Vaults
1878 LJ Vol 1 P29 Arthur James Lucas & William Wells Ridley
1883 LJ Vol 1 P29 Arthur James Lucas & William Wells Ridley
1883 LJ Vol 1 P29 { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
1886 LJ Vol 1 P29 { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
1886 LJ Vol 1 P29 William Traddell
1886 - 1893 JA Cov Directories W. Threadwell, Wine & Spirit Merchant

1886 LJ Vol 1 P29 { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
1888 LJ Vol 1 P29 William Harrison
1894 JA Cov Directory Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright, brewers

manager William Harrison

1898 JA Cov Directory Lucas & Co, brewers

manager William Harrison

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P29 Francis Wyley, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P29 Morton Peto Lucas & others
1898 LJ Vol 1 P29 Morton Peto Lucas & others

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