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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 Wheat Sheaf Inn


West Orchard shown here in 1909. This photograph was probably taken from the closed pub's doorstep


The wheatsheaf has been a common sign since the seventeenth century and appears in several coats of arms, including the Company of Bakers and the Brewers Company.

This pub closed c1906.

Known Licensees are;
1835 John Clarke
1841 William Sanders
1850 - 1851 Elizabeth Sanders
1861 Joseph Eaves & print compositor
1868 Charles Locke
1871 James R. Lucas
1874 J. P. Nicholas
1879 - 1886 William Hewins
1893 - 1896 George Margan
1903 - 1905 W. Clarke

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c1800 COC P43 Mentioned in Napoleonic poem

1808 JA32 PA 56/108/31-32 The society ( friendly ) now meeting at the Wheatsheaf ( West Orchard )

1834 JA32 PA56/108/38-39 The society ( friendly ) held lately at the Wheatsheaf ( West

Orchard ) but now at the Rising Sun, Spon Street.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

6.8.1852 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Elizabeth Sanders to Thomas Eaves

13.6.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Joseph Eaves to Charles Locke

3.5.1872 JA63 CH&O Transfer of license from James Robert Lucas to John Nicholas

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P22 WHEATSHEAF, West Orchard Alehouse
Owner : Rebecca Anstey, Lower Ford Street
later Atkinsons, Birmingham
Licensee : William Hewins
4.11.1886 TOL to Thomas Troop
29.6.1888 TOL to George Morgan
6.1.1898 TOL to Henry Pendleton
27.10.1898 TOL to Walter White

1887 COC P55 Cov Times inn signs

c1906 Closed


1828/29 Pigot Rich Clark

1835 Pigot John Clark

1841 Census William Sanders 53 yo b Wks m Elizabeth, 53 & 7 kids

1841 Pigot William Sanders

1845 Kelly Mrs E. Saunders

1850 CS Elizabeth Sanders

1851 Census Elizabeth Sanders 63 yo b Nottingham alone
1852 JA141 CS Elizabeth Sanders
1852 JA141 CS Thomas Eaves
1861 Census Joseph Eaves 35 yo printer compositor b Warwick m Ann, 38 & 2s, 3d,
1867 JA141 CS Joseph Eaves [ 1 lodger

1867 JA141 CS Charles Locke

1868 Buchanan Charles Locke

1871 Census James R. Lucas 47 yo innkeeper b Coventry m Charlotte, 45 & 1d, 3s,
1872 JA63 CH&O James Robert Lucas [ 4 lodgers
1872 JA63 CH&O John Nicholas
1874 C&B J. P. Nicholas
1878 LJ Vol1 P22 William Hewins
1879 Stevens William Hewins

1881 C&B William Hewins

1886 C&B William Hewins
1886 LJ Vol1 P22 William Hewins
1886 LJ Vol1 P22 Thomas Troop
1888 LJ Vol1 P22 Thomas Troop
1888 LJ Vol1 P22 George Morgan
1890/91 R&G George Morgan

1893 Reporter G. Morgan

1894 R&G George Morgan

1896 R&G George Morgan
1898 LJ Vol1 P22 George Morgan
1898 LJ Vol1 P22 Henry Pendleton
1898 LJ Vol1 P22 Walter White
1903 R&G W. Clarke

1905 R&G W. Clarke


1878 LJ Vol1 P22 Rebecca Anstey, Lower Ford Street
later LJ Vol1 P22 Atkinsons, Birmingham
1898 LJ Vol1 P22 Atkinsons, Birmingham

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