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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 Tavern


St Mary's Guildhall and the Cathedral


In 'St Mary's Hall', by Joan C. Lancaster, P30, she says the 'tavern', mentioned from time to time from 1469, occupied the northern chamber (of the undercroft), which shows evidence of the racking used for storing barrels and had access from the street.

However, Mary Dormer Harris in 'Dr Troughton's Sketches of Old Coventry' says that the ground, or rather underground, floor was occupied by a cellar of vaulted stone, in town houses often called the 'tavern', a word not neccessarily implying the sale of wine there, but simply used for an underground shop.

So, you pays your money and makes your choice; was this a drinking place, or just a shop ?

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