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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 Hotel

The Three Horseshoes, Coventry

The Three Horseshoes which lost much of its first storey during the blitz

NAME THREE HORSE SHOES HOTEL
ADDRESS 351 STONEY STANTON ROAD
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES RED LANE

This name probably came from heraldry, referring to the Worshipful Company of Farriers ( 1673 ) or the Ferrers family, earls of Derby, whose name is derived from a placename, not farriery.

This pub is partly single story owing to losing much of its first storey during the blitz. In 1982 it was described as a very basic corner local.

Coventry Standard clipping from February 15th 1963

Coventry Standard clipping from February 15th 1963

Known Licensees are;
1861 - 1879 Samuel Priestley
1879 - 1881 Selina Priestley
1886 E. Simpson
1893 - 1905 Jack Simpson
1909 Rebecca Madeley
1911 - 1913 C. Moore
1921 - 1929 J. Moore
1931 - 1938 D. Charley
1939 - 1940 F. D. Lombard
c1944 - 1951 Albert Arnold (also at the Nugget, Coundon Green from 1942 - 44 and the Windmill, Spon Street from 1952 - 60)
1960 - 1961 W. Martin
1961 - 1963 onwards Alan McInnes (see clipping above)
c1984 Tommy Robson
1984 Mick Kelly
1985 Ray Barrell
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Dict PN The explanation of the name has to do with heraldry, referring to the Worshipful Company of Farriers ( 1673 ) and to the Ferrers family, Earls of Derby, whose family name does not indicate they were farriers. As it happens it derives from a French place name. In this case the name derives from the occupation of the first landlord.

1886 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P34 THREE HORSE SHOES, Red Lane Alehouse
Owner : Selina Priestley
later Herbert Nutt, Coventry
later Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham
Licensee : Selina Priestley
26.4.1883 TOL to Enoch Simpson
22.5.1890 TOL to John Simpson
9.8.1882 fined 10/- & costs for keeping open

1912 OS Map

1930 Red Lane P 94-95 Reminiscences

5.2.1963 Citypub 86

1979 WRAG 2 Coner local

1982 WRAG 3 A very basic corner local. An old looking pub from the outside beimg single storyed in parts.

1984 Pubscrawl 118 I would have liked to have seen this room in the days when there were mirrors inlaid into all the wall seats. It must have been quite an attractive feature ......... and apparently enabled one former landlord to keep a discrete eye on those courting couples whose passions were inflamed by Atkinsons Rough at 10p a pint.

Apart from providing a useful prop to tether your dog ( or goat ) the pillars in the bar help to support a flat roof. The top two storiesa at the front of the building were blown away during the war when this area took a fair old pasting.

These days its a fairly typical public bar for a solidly working class corner of Coventry. The babble of conversation, in accents ranging from Irish, to Scottish, to Asian, is serenaded by a background of jukebox, colour television, bleeping one armed bandit and clicking pool balls. Despite recent brewery improvements, the cellar still has a tendency to flood - though not to the extent that it did in Tommy Robinson's day.

Tommy is ........ the landlord who rushed down the cellar steps one night and found himself up tohis chest in water

c2000 Closed

LICENSEES

1861 Census Samuel Priestley 33 yo victualler & brick maker b Webster

1868 Buchanan S. Priestley [ m Selina, 20 & 1 boarder

23.11.1868 Lantern Samuel Priestley

1871 Census Samuel Priestley 47 yo b Bradford m Selina, 40 & 1 neice

1874 C&B S. Priestley [ ( Priestley's Houses )

1878 LJ Vol 1 P34 Selina Priestley
1879 Stevens Selina Priestley

1881 C&B S. Priestley

1883 LJ Vol 1 P34 Selina Priestley
1883 LJ Vol 1 P34 Enoch Simpson
1886 C&B E. Simpson
1890 LJ Vol 1 P34 Enoch Simpson
1890 LJ Vol 1 P34 John Simpson
1893 Reporter J. Simpson

1894 R&G J. Simpson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P34 John Simpson
1903 R&G J. Simpson

1905 R&G J. Simpson

1909 R&G Rebecca Madeley

1911/12 Spennell C.Moore

1912/13 Spennell C.Moore

1921/22 Spennell J.Moore Ye Three Horse Shoes

1924 P. James J.Moore Ye Three Horse Shoes

1926/27 P. James J.Moore Ye Three Horse Shoes

1929 P. James J.Moore Ye Three Horse Shoes

1931/32 P. James D. Charley Ye Three Horse Shoes

1933/34 P. James D. Charley Ye Three Horse Shoes

1935/36 P. James D. Charley Ye Three Horse Shoes

1937/38 P. James D. Charley Ye Three Horse Shoes

1939/40 P. James F. D. Lombard Ye Three Horse Shoes

1957 Barrett Not listed in street section

1960 Barrett W. Martin

1961 Barrett W. Martin

1962 Barrett W. Martin

? Pubscrawl 116 Tommy Robson

1984 Pubscrawl 116 Mick Kelly

1985 Pubscrawl 150 Ray Barrell

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P34 Selina Priestley
later LJ Vol 1 P34 Herbert Nutt, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P34 Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham
1898 LJ Vol 1 P34 Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham

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