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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 Spotted Dog

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NAME SPOTTED DOG
ADDRESS SOWE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES SOWE WASTE

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

See all available records HERE

FROM TO KNOWN AS
1876 1880 BEERHOUSE, Sowe and BEERHOUSE, Sowe Waste
1879 1913 SPOTTED DOG, Woodway Lane

Is this something to do with bull baiting or is it a reference to the three leopards on the coat of arms of the Sydney family?

In 1880 this was the Beerhouse, Sowe. This pub was on the same side of Woodway Lane but 'further down'. I can only guess this means nearer to Coventry. When the local collieries were at their peak, this pub would be full of miners drinking beer every night. By the 1930's it had been converted into the local post-office and general stores

Known Licensees at the BEERHOUSE are;
1845 - 1850 Thomas Hayes
1863 - 1874 Manessah Hayes
1876 - 1880 Henry Sibley

Known Licensees at the SPOTTED DOG are;
1888 - 1892 Mrs. Ann Whetstone
1900 - 1908 William Hayes (see also Jolly Colliers)
1910 - 1913 William Hill

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