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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 Thistle Inn

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West Orchard 1909

NAME THISTLE INN
ADDRESS 65 WEST ORCHARD

The thistle is a heraldic emblem of Scotland, adopted by James III.

This building first appears in a document of 1600. It was formerly called ' The Stone House ' suggesting a house of the earlier medaeval period. It was gable end on to the street because of the narrowness of the plot, being only 17 feet wide. Poole reports that in 1624 William Sewell gave ' to and for the use of the poor children in the Hospital of Bablake, and for their better maintenance, one yearly rent of twenty shillings to be paid for ever, issuing forth of a messuage or tenament (The Thistle Inn) and garden, in the West Orchard Street in Coventry, on the north side of the same street '.

However, it may not have been a pub then. Nat Alcock in ' Coventry Streets ' believes that it did not become the Thistle pub until c1700, when it was the home of the Tisell family.

In 1756 four soldiers were billeted here.

Until 1940 it was owned by Phipps of Norhampton. On November 14th of that year it was destroyed by enemy bombing. The site wasn't sold to Coventry Corporation until 1956.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 T. Matthews
1841 George Gibson
1850 - 1851 David Dalgleish
1861 James Walton
1868 William Norris
1874 T. Wheatley
1879 - 1891 Thomas Ludgate
1893 Benjamin Duggan
1894 - 1905 F. Bushill
1909 M. Bushill
1911 - 1913 H. H. Naylor
1919 - 1936 Charles Roberts
1937 - 1938 S. Tinsley
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Dict PN The heraldic emblem of Scotland. Adopted by James III

1600 Cov Streets P108 Description in document

Cov Streets P94 Formerly called the ' Stone House ' suggesting a house of the earlier medaeval period as e.g. in Much park Street. Gable end on to the street because of narrow plot only 17ft wide.

Cov Streets P85 Map

1624 Poole P267 William Sewell gave ' to and for the use of the poor children in the Hospital of Bablake, and for their better maintenanace, one yearly rent of twenty shillings to be paid for ever, issuing forth of a messuage or tenament ( the Thistle Inn ) and garden, in the West Orchard Street in Coventry, on the north side of the same street.

1624 JA9 Mr William Sewell of this city, vintner, gives by a will of 29.6.1624 a tenament and garden in West Orchard....this house is or lately was the sign of the Thistle.

1624 JA34 Ref54A Mr William Sewell of this City, vintner, gives by will 29.6.1624 a tenament and garden in West Orchard.....the sign of the Thistle.

1634 JA34 Ref30 Annuity of 20s charged on the Thistle public house in West Orchard, now ( in 1833 ) the property of John Rider.

c1700 Cov Streets P87 Probably became a pub when the home of the Tisell family

1756 Alderman Hewitt 4 soldiers billetted

c1800 COC P43 mentioned in Napoleonic poem

1833 JA7 Bablake Boys Hospital

Annuity of 20s charged to the Thistle public house in West Orchard, now the property of John Rider by whom it is paid

1851 Source 49 Board of health Map

7.1.1853 JA141 CS Transfer of license from David Dalgleish to Richard Sharnock

9.11.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Turner to William Norris

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P28 THISTLE, West Orchard Alehouse
Owner : Julia Ann Fry, Smithford Street, Coventry
later James Lugate
later Phipps & Co, Northampton
Licensee : Thomas Ludgate
31.7.1880 TOL to Arthur London
4.12.1890 TOL to Ben Duggan
28.7.1892 TOL to Alfred Bailey
26.10.1893 TOL to Frederick Bushill

1887 COC Cov Times inn signs

Cov Streets P101 List of documents

15.11.1940 Closed

1940 Source 17 Phipps 2nd ledger

Thistle, West Orchard, Coventry

Destroyed by enemy action Nov 14, 1940

21.3.1956 Source 17 Sold to Coventry corporation

LICENSEES

WTC Thomas Turner

1822/23 Pigot T. Matthews

1828/29 Pigot Wm Rider

1841 Pigot George Gibson

1841 Census George Gibson 25 yo b Wks m Ann, 30 & George, 18

1845 Kelly T. Pettifor

1850 CS David Dalgleish

1851 Census David Dalgleish 46 yo b Scotland n Susan & 3s, 1d

WTC David Dalgleish Batty 983, DGV
1853 JA141 CS David Dalgleish

1853 JA141 CS Richard Sharnock

1861 Census James Walton 46 yo b Wyken m Maria, 48
1867 JA141 CS Thomas Turner

1867 JA141 CS William Norris

1868 Buchanan W. Norris

23.11.1868 Lantern William Norris

1871 Census William Norris

1874 C&B T. Wheatley
1878 LJ Vol 1 P28 Thomas Ludgate
1879 Stevens Thomas Ludgate
1880 LJ Vol 1 P28 Thomas Ludgate
1880 LJ Vol 1 P28 Arthur London ( Is this right - seems out of place )
1881 C&B Thomas Ludgate

1886 C&B Thomas Ludgate

1890/91 R&G Thomas Ludgate
1890 LJ Vol 1 P28 Arthur London
1890 LJ Vol 1 P28 Ben Duggan
1892 LJ Vol 1 P28 Ben Duggan
1892 LJ Vol 1 P28 Alfred Bailey
1893 Reporter Benjamin Duggan ( perhaps a year out ? )
1893 LJ Vol 1 P28 Alfred Bailey
1893 LJ Vol 1 P28 Frederick Bushill
1894 R&G F. Bushill

1896 R&G F. Bushill

1898 LJ Vol 1 P28 Frederick Bushill
1903 R&G F. Bushill

1905 R&G F. Bushill

1909 R&G M. Bushill

1911/12 Spennell H. H. Naylor

1912/13 Spennell H. H. Naylor

1919 Spennell Charles Roberts

1921/22 Spennell Charles Roberts

1924 Spennell Charles Roberts

1926/27 Spennell Charles Roberts

1933/34 Spennell Charles Roberts

1935/36 Spennell Charles Roberts

1937/38 Spennell S. Tinsley

1939/40 Spennell A. Tinsley

OWNERS

Poole P267 }

1624 JA9 } William Sewell

JA34 Ref 54A }

1700 Cov Streets Tisell family

1833 JA7 & JA34 Ref 30 John Rider
1878 LJ Vol 1 P28 Julia Ann Fry, Smithford Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P28 James Lugate
later LJ Vol 1 P28 Phipps & Co, Northampton
1898 LJ Vol 1 P28 Phipps & Co, Northampton
1940 - 1956 Source 17 Phipps

1956 Source 17 Coventry Corporation

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