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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 Sun Tavern


Derby Lane around 1905. Photo courtesy Rob Orland


Early uses of the sun as a tavern sign made use of its simple visual form. It was painted as a circle with a few rays around it and often filled with eyes, a nose and a mouth.

In 1783 a double row of houses at the south west corner of St. Michael's churchyard were taken down and the Sun Inn was one of them. The site was aded to the churchyard and consecrated in 1787. However, there is a record of a house built on the site of the Sun in 1728. Whatever the truth of the matter, we can be sure that the Sun went down at some time in the 18th century.

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