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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 Summerland Tavern

The Summerland Tavern later the Fob Watch and the Butt's Retreat

The original Summerland Tavern. The long-forgotten Russell Arms is also at the far end of that row

NAME SUMMERLAND TAVERN
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1837 1981 SUMMERLAND TAVERN
1981 1994 FOB WATCH
1994 1999 SUMMERLAND TAVERN
1999 2011 BUTTS RETREAT
ADDRESS 49 THE BUTTS
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES SUMMERLAND PLACE

This name is a reference to the common lands that once occupied the site. See the Broomfield Tavern.

On 15th December 1837, this pub was advertised for sale with Mr. Edwards as tenant. In 1935 it was a Flowers pub. In 1981, whilst owned by Whitbread Flowers, it was renamed the FOB WATCH and in 1994 reverted to the SUMMERLAN TAVERN again.Then in 1999 it became the BUTTS RETREAT. Note the surprisingly few licensees in a century.

The Summerland Tavern later the Fob Watch and the Butt's Retreat

The rebuilt Summerland Tavern later the Fob Watch and the Butt's Retreat

Coventry Evening Telegraph clipping from 1962

Known Licensees are;
1837 Mr. Edwards
1850 - 1851 Joseph Jelley
1868 - 1896 Benjamin Archer
1903 - 1940 William Alfred Sanders
1957 - c1967 Frank Woodward (see clipping above)
c1967 John Herbert (see also Coombe Abbey Inn, Hastings Tavern)
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NAME Reference to the common land that the site occupies

15.12.1837 JA16 Cov Mercury For sale. Mr Edwards tenant

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 1 SUMMERLAND TAVERN, Butts Alehouse
Owner : Flowers & Sons Ltd, Stratford - on - Avon
Licensee : Benjamin Archer
10.12.1896 TOL to Alfred Sanders

1935 GT Flowers Ales ISC A Flowers house

30.8.1963 Citypubs 93

1.5.1981 CET Name changed to FOB WATCH

1981 DYKC P51 Q318 Re named SUMMERLAND TAVERN

1999 JA Became BUTTS RETREAT

LICENSEES

1837 JA16 Cov Mercury Mr Edwards

1845 Kelly H. Collingbourne

1850 COC Joseph Jelley

1851 Census Joseph Jelley 41 yo b Coventry m Charlotte, 38 & 2d

1861 Census Thomas Curson at the public house, 49 Summerland Butts

1868 Buchanan B. Archer

1868 Lantern Benjamin Archer

1871 Census Benjamin Archer 36 yo watch jeweller & victualler b Coventry

1874 C&B B. Archer [ m Emma, 35 & 1d, 2s, 1 servant
28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 1 Benjamin Archer

1879 Stevens Benjamin Archer

1881 C&B B. Archer

1886 C&B B. Archer

1890/91 R&G B. Archer

1893 Reporter B. Archer

1894 R&G B. Archer

1896 R&G B. Archer

10.12.1896 LJ Vol 1 P 1 Benjamin Archer

10.12.1896 LJ Vol 1 P 1 Alfred Sanders

1898 LJ Vol 1 P 1 Alfred Sanders

1903 R&G A. Sanders

1905 R&G A. Sanders

1909 R&G A. Sanders

1910 LVOA A. Sanders

1911/12 Spennell A. Sanders

1912/13 Spennell A. Sanders

1919 Spennell William Alfred Sanders

1921/22 Spennell William Alfred Sanders

1924 Spennell William Alfred Sanders

1926/27 Spennell W. A. Sanders

1929 Spennell W. A. Sanders

1931/32 Spennell W. A. Sanders

1933/34 Spennell W. A. Sanders

1935/36 Spennell W. A. Sanders

1937/38 Spennell W. A. Sanders

1939/40 Spennell W. A. Sanders
1957 Citypubs 93 Frank Woodward
c1967 Lee website Frank Woodward
1967 Lee website John Herbert

OWNERS

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 Flowers & Sons Ltd

1898 LJ Vol 1 Flowers & Sons Ltd

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