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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 Three Horseshoes Inn

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NAME THREE HORSE SHOES
ADDRESS 40 BISHOP STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES MISFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS ALSO KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1787 c1822 BALL INN
c1822 1848 GOLDEN BALL
1848 1848 OLD BALL
1848 1871 GOLDEN BALL
1871 1874 THREE HORSESHOES

This pub is only known from one directory, Whites of 1874. It is thought to have been previously the GOLDEN BALL

This sign was used by many tradesmen in the past, probably because it was a simple visual symbol. It appears to have no heraldic or religious significance. The royal orb is linked with Constantine the Great, who adopted a golden globe as a symbol and added a cross to it later when he was converted to Christianity.

In 1787 an auction was hekd at the sign of the BALL, and in 1801 it was adverised to let. By 1874 it ihas become the THREE HORSESHOES, although this was at No 40

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1835 John Dunn
1841 John Ensor
1850 William Jennings
1868 John White
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1874 JA69 White Licensee W. Barlow, victualler & blacksmith

LICENSEES

1871 Census William Burton, 40 Bishop Street - pub not named

1874 JA69 White W. Barlow, victualler & blacksmith

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