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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 William IV

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NAME WILLIAM IV
ADDRESS 1059 FOLESHILL ROAD
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES LITTLE HEATH ROAD, LITTLE HEATH, FOLESHILL. BACON'S YARD
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1837 c1841 WILLIAM IV
c1841 c1863 BEERHOUSE LITTLE HEATH
c1863 2010 WILLIAM IV

William IV (1765 - 1837) was the third son of George III. He joined the navy as a midshipman in 1779 and was soon a captain. He frequently disobeyed the orders of his superiors and violated the rules of discipline so he was never allowed to command a ship. Instead, in 1801 he was promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.

This pub is first mentioned in a sale document of 1837, when the licensee was John Bacon. Interestingly, one address for the pub is ' Bacon's Yard '. In 1982 it was 'a popular local with mock half-timbered appearance'. In 1986 it was taken over by Pele (real name, Bains) who provided Indian cuisine and in 2010 it was the JK Indian restaurant. the building still stands.

Known Licensees are;
1837 John Bacon
1880 William Truelove
1892 - 1900 Joseph Dewis
1904 Thomas Welling
1911 - 1924 Thomas Green
1929 - 1938 A. J. Bayliss
1939 - 1940 W. J. Neville
1986 Perminder & Jatinder Bains

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