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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 Tramway Inn

Bishop Street towards Burges 1905

Bishop Street towards Burges 1905. Garibaldi's was at No.31 Silver Street which is just left of centre and was next door to the Turks Head/Tramway Inn at No.29 and St. John's Hospital t'other side.

NAME TRAMWAY INN
ADDRESS 29 SILVER STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1635 1883 TURK'S HEAD
1883 c1930 TRAMWAY INN
c1930 1972 TURK'S HEAD
1972 1980 CITY CENTRE PUB
1980 TURK'S HEAD
1980 1986 AZTECS
1986 c2001 DIPLOMAT
c2001 2003 PRIDE OF COVENTRY
2003 2014 DIPLOMAT
2014 present THE ROADHOUSE
The tramway system ended in Coventry with the mass destruction of their rails in the blitz of World War II. In 1900 Phillips and Marriott valued this pub at £ 1,200. It closed c1930.

Known Licensees at the TURKS HEAD are;
1822 - 1823 J. Francis
1835 Thomas Elton
1841 Thomas Harrald
1850 - 1860 William King
1862 - 1874 George Yardley
1879 - 1881 John Russell

1929 - 1934 A. V. Harrison
1935 - 1936 W. E Swain
1937 - 1938 A. E. Swain
1939 - 1940 H. G. Shuttleworth
1940 - 1961 onwards William Smith (see also earlier to 1940 at The Leicester Inn, Stoney Stanton Road)

1983 Colin Taggart

Known Licensees at the TRAMWAY INN are;
1886 E. Loakes
1890 - 1891 H. French
1893 - 1894 T. Pointer
1896 L. Pointer
1901 - 1909 Helena Scriver
1909 - 1910 Arthur Ward
1911 - 1913 Thomas Castle
1913 - 1919 Charles Moore
1920 - 1927 Mrs Emily Crossley Moore

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Town planning map of Silver Street from 1888.


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Dict PN Tramways were originally blocks of wood or stone sunk into the ground in parrallel lines so that wagons had a firm surface to run on. The use of rails sunk into the ground came later, as did the public tram cars which used to carry passengers. The tramway system has mostly been abandoned in Britain, though it is still found in Blackpool. Trams ended in Coventry with the mass destruction of their rails in the blitz of WWII.

to 1883 JA TURKS HEAD

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P52 TURKS HEAD, Silver Street Alehouse
Owner : Free School Trustees, Coventry
later Francis Phillips & Walter Henry Marriott
later Phillips & Marriott Ltd
Licensee : George Yardley
20.3.1879 TOL to John Russell
3.11.1881 TOL to Henry Babbs
19.1.1882 TOL to Walter Henry Ward
1.6.1882 TOL to William Ramson
7.12.1882 TOL to Sarah Ann Adams
6.12.1883 TOL to Edwin Lokes
From this date the Tramway Inn
3.11.1887 TOL to Mary Ann Keene
28.6.1888 TOL to Joseph Dorrington
31.10.1889 TOL to Henry French
30.10.1890 TOL to William Taylor
28.7.1892 TOL to Eli Sanders
1.12.1892 TOL to Thomas Pointer
28.7.1895 TOL to Louisa Pointer
9.11.1896 TOL to Louisa Pointer
3.2.1898 TOL to Joseph Walker
7.4.1873 fined 20/- & costs

1895 JA48 PA 56/7/15 Tramway ( later Turks Head ), 39 Silver Street, transferred from William Brain to Phillips & Marriott, with Crow in the Oak, Lockhurst Lane; O Rare Ben Johnson, 18 New Street and Chase, 43 Gosford Street.

30.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 1200

from 1935 JA Back to TURKS HEAD

c1967 Closed

LICENSEES

1883 LJ Vol 1 P52 Edwin Lokes
1886 C&B E. Loakes
1887 LJ Vol 1 P52 Edwin Lokes
1887 LJ Vol 1 P52 Mary Ann Keene
1888 LJ Vol 1 P52 Mary Ann Keene
1888 LJ Vol 1 P52 Joseph Dorrington
1889 LJ Vol 1 P52 Joseph Dorrington
1889 LJ Vol 1 P52 Henry French
1890/91 R&G H. French
1890 LJ Vol 1 P52 Henry French
1890 LJ Vol 1 P52 William Taylor
1892 LJ Vol 1 P52 William Taylor
1892 LJ Vol 1 P52 Eli Sanders
1892 LJ Vol 1 P52 Thomas Pointer
1893 Reporter T. Pointer

1894 R&G T. Pointer
1895 LJ Vol 1 P52 Thomas Pointer
1895 LJ Vol 1 P52 Louisa Pointer
1896 LJ Vol 1 P52 Louisa Pointer
1896 R&G L. Pointer

1898 LJ Vol 1 P52 Louisa Pointer
1898 LJ Vol 1 P52 Joseph Walker
8.3.1901 P&M PR Helena Scriver

1903 R&G Helena Scriver

1905 R&G Helena Scriver

1909 R&G Helena Scriver

5.3.1909 P&M PR Arthur Ward

1.6.1910 P&M PR Arthur Ward new agreement

4.1.1911 P&M PR Thomas Cash

1911/12 Spennell Thomas Castle

1912/13 Spennell Thomas Castle

20.1.1913 P&M PR Charles Moore

1919 Spennell Charles Moore

3.6.1920 P&M PR Emily Crossley Moore

1921/22 Spennell Mrs E. C. Moore

1924 P. James Mrs E. C. Moore

1926/27 P. James Mrs E. C. Moore

1929 P. James A. V. Harrison

1931/32 P. James A. V. Harrison

1933/34 P. James A. V. Harrison

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P52 Free School Trustees, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P52 Francis Phillips & Walter Henry Marriott
later LJ Vol 1 P52 Phillips & Marriott Ltd
to 1895 JA48 PA 56/7/15 William Brain ???

from 1895 JA48 PA 56/7/15 Phillips & Marriott

1898 LJ Vol 1 P52 Phillips & Marriott Ltd

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