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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 Styvechale Arms

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Stivichall hamlet, with its timbered cottages and railway bridge bearing the Gregory family coat of arms, pictured here in 1943.

NAME STYVECHALE ARMS / STIVICHALE ARMS
ADDRESS KENPAS HIGHWAY
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES LEAMINGTON ROAD

These must be the arms of the Lords of Styvechale Manor, the Gregory-Hood family. They owned Stivichale village and all the lands around it, that is, what is now the Memorial Park and Stivichale housing estate. Their arms can be seen on Coat of Arms Bridge.

I have found mention of a Stivichale Arms in 1861 on the Leamington Road. This is a much older building than the present Styvechale Arms on the roundabout at the junction of the Leamington road and Kenpas Highway.

It opened in 1959. In 1982 it reopened as a Toby Inn after a conversion that cost £254,000. Accommodation has been built at the back and it is now a Premier Inn.

Licensees
1959 George Tovey

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