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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 Swan

WELLINGTON STREET

Wellington Street 1896, the Black Swan is to the left of the picture on the corner with the lamp post. Photo courtesy of Annewiggy

NAME SWAN
ADDRESS 7 YARDLEY STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1850 1881 BLACK SWAN
1861 1913 SWAN
A tavern sign since the fourteenth century either as an allusion to the bird itself or to a coat of arms that featured it. In the latter role it was used by Henry VIII, Edward III, the Earls of Essex, the Vintner's Company, the Poulterer's Company and the Musician's Company. This pub was closed in 1914 and compensation was paid. In 1920 it was an 'all sorts shop'.

Known Licensees at the BLACK SWAN are;
1850-1858 Christopher Warner
1858 Louisa French
1868-1881 Josiah Morton
1890-1898 T. Owen
1903 H. Needham

Known Licensees at the SWAN are;
1868 - 1886 Josiah Morton
1890 - 1896 T. W. Owen
1903 - 1913 Humphrey Needham

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Dict PN A tavern sign since the fourteenth century, either as a dirct allusion to the majestic bird itself or to a coat of arms which featured it. In the latter role it was much favoured by Henry VIII and Edward III. Swans occur in various coats of arms, such as those of the Vintners Company, the Poulterers Company, the Musicians Company and the Earls of Essex

17.6.1864 JA141 CH&O Transfer of license from Vincent Page to Josiah Morton ( Black Swan, Spon Street - obviously wrong ! )

1868 JA111 Josiah Morton of the SWAN letting drinking booths at Coventry Fair

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P30 SWAN, Yardley Street Alehouse
Owner : Josiah Morton & others
later Josiah Elijah Morton ( representative of )
later John Smith, White Street, Coventry
Licensee : Josiah Morton
30.6.1887 TOL to Josiah Elijah Morton
23.5.1889 TOL to Thomas William Owen
6.12.1898 TOL to Emma Louisa Owen

1887 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

1914 Police Closed with compensation

1920's News 85 An ' all sorts ' shop kept by the Senior family. The cellars still contained beer pumps

LICENSEES

1861 Census Thomas Hutton
1864 JA141 CH&O Vincent Page ( Black Swan, Spon Street - obviously wrong ! )

1864 JA141 CH&O Josiah Morton ( Black Swan, Spon Street - obviously wrong ! )

1868 Buchanan J. Morton

1868 JA111 Josiah Morton

1871 Census Josiah Morton 47 yo watch manufacturer b Coventry m Louisa, 47 & 2s, 2d

1874 C&B J. Morton
1878 LJ Vol 1 P30 Josiah Morton
1879 Stevens Josiah Morton

1881 C&B J. Morton

1886 C&B J. Morton
1887 LJ Vol 1 P30 Josiah Morton
1887 LJ Vol 1 P30 Josiah Elijah Morton
1889 LJ Vol 1 P30 Josiah Elijah Morton
1889 LJ Vol 1 P30 Thomas William Owen
1890/91 R&G T. W. Owen

1893 Reporter T. W. Owen

1894 R&G T. W. Owen

1896 R&G T. W. Owen
1898 LJ Vol 1 P30 Thomas William Owen
1898 LJ Vol 1 P30 Emma Louisa Owen
1903 R&G H. Needham

1905 R&G H. Needham

1909 R&G H. Needham

1911/12 Spennell Humphrey Needham

1912/13 Spennell Humphrey Needham

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P30 Josiah Morton & others
later LJ Vol 1 P30 Josiah Elijah Morton ( representative of )
later LJ Vol 1 P30 John Smith, White Street, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol 1 P30 John Smith, White Street, Coventry

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