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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 Star Vaults


Market Street, 1940. photo courtesy Rob Orland

1829 1871 BOARD, 14 Market Place
1874 1881 STAR VAULTS, Market Street, STAR & BOARD
1887 1932 BOADICEA

Known Licensees at the BOARD are;
1829 Thomas Grimes
1868 - 1871 David Sidwell(s)

Known Licensees at SIDWELLS are;
1868 D. Sidwell

Known Licensees at the STAR VAULTS are;
1874 E. Wallen
1881 B. W. Hicks

Known Licensees at the BOADICEA are;
1886 A Seymour
1890/91 J. Williamson
1893 Jack Lee
1894 - 1896 A. H. Frith
1903 - 1922 William H. Cleaver
1924 - 1927 A. Weston
1929 - 1932 B. Farrell

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DICT PN Originally a religious symbol, referring either to the star of Bethlehem or to the Virgin Mary, one of whose titles is ' The Star of the Sea ' ( Stella maris ) since 1634 a six-pointed star has also appeared in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Innholders. The star as a pub name dates from the fifteenth century. More recent pubs show an insignia, such as the Star of india medal. The popularity of the sign, with its conveniently easy-to-recognise shape.....

to 1871 BOARD, 14 Market Place

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P11 BOARD, Market Street Alehouse
Owner : Mary Ann Laxon, Coventry
later Ind Coope & Co
Licensee : James Cole
1.5.1880 TOL to Berkley William Nicks
27.4.1883 TOL to Arthur Seymour
5.11.1883 TOL to Arthur Joseph Shadfox ? Seymour
6.12.1883 TOL to William Ratliff
2.12.1886 TOL to James Thomas
These must refer to Boadicea
19.4.1888 TOL to William Farmer
1.11.1888 TOL to John Williamson
29.10.1891 TOL to William Reynolds
14.4.1892 TOL to Harry Allway
27.10.1892 TOL to George Edward Taylor
17.5.1893 TOL to Frederick William Townsend
1.3.1894 TOL to Arthur Henry Frith
26.11.1891 fined 20/- & costs for sale at prohibited hours

from 1887 BOADICEA

1891 TRE P156 Special performances, promoted by a committee of local gentlemen, will be given on Tuesday and Wednesday next, the 23rd and 24th February 1891, with the object of recouping Mr Levaine for the very heavy loss he sustained by the burning of the Old Star Vaults ( in Market Place ) of which he was tenant ( Ted Bottle then says ' The Old Star was located at 72 Cope Street, near to the Sydenham

Palace ' ! Wrong Old Star I am afraid ! ) Levaine does not appear in the Licensed Justices records.


1874 C&B E. Wallen
1878 LJ Vol1 P11 James Cole
1880 LJ Vol1 P11 James Cole
1880 LJ Vol1 P11 Berkley William Nicks
1881 C&B B. W. Hicks
1883 LJ Vol1 P11 Berkley William Nicks
1883 LJ Vol1 P11 Arthur Seymour
1883 LJ Vol1 P11 Arthur Joseph Shadfox ? Seymour
1883 LJ Vol1 P11 William Ratliff
1886 LJ Vol1 P11 William Ratliff
1886 LJ Vol1 P11 James Thomas


1878 LJ Vol1 P11 Mary Ann Laxon, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P11 Ind Coope & Co

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