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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 Woolpack

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NAME WOOLPACK
ADDRESS 45 SAINT JOHN STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES DEAD LANE

The woolpack is a large bale of wool prepared for carriage. It has a weight of 240 pounds.

In 1790 the pub was to let and in 1801 it was used for auctions. One of the most notable prize-fighters in the city was Bob Randle who kept the pub from c1835 to c1851.

The pub was owned by the Albion Brewery from 1900 to 1907 with four cottages. It was let at an annual rent of £50 including the cottages. It was later owned by Phipps of Northampton but the rent had gone down to £48 10s.

The pub closed in 1929 on the payment of compensation but the building was not demolished until 21st December 1962 to make way for the London Road section of the ring road.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 James Woodcock
1835 - 1851 Robert Randle
1861 John Barnwell
1868 William Hobley
1874 J. Lamb
1879 William Strong
1881 Z. Wheatley
1886 - 1891 G. Shuttleworth
1893 - 1896 Thomas Ludgate
1900 - 1909 John Twigger
1911 - 1912 Mrs. Twigger
1912 - 1913 A. T. Wills
1919 - 1922 William Henry Timms
1924 - 1929 F. Timms

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Dict PN The woolpack is a large bale of wool prepared for carriage. It has a weight of 240 pounds.

1790 JA16 To let

c1800 COC P40 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

26.6.1801 JA 16 CS Used for auctions

1835 - 1852 COC P9 Bob Randle was a boxer

1835 - 1852 Cov HG P87 Other city prize-fighters were .......... Bob Randle, who kept the Woolpack in St John's Street

1835 - 1852 HOC P231 Among the most notable prize-fighters in the city were Bob Randle, who kept the Woolpack Inn

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

21.5.1852 JA141 CS License transferred to the widow of Robert Randle

13.6.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from William Carpenter to Joseph Hewitt

27.9.1872 JA141 CS Transfer of license to Thomas Dowse

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P44 WOOLPACK, Saint John Street Alehouse
Owner : Emma Hough, Swanswell Street
later Joseph Rigg, Well Street
later Frederick Hough, Allesley
later J. Marston & Sons, Burton on Trent
Licensee William Strong, jnr
6.11.1879 TOL to Phillip Wright
4.11.1880 TOL to Zachariah Wheatley
20.4.1881 TOL to John Henry Wheatley
3.11.1881 TOL to George William Shuttleworth
31.7.1880 TOL to Thomas Ludgate
15.4.1897 TOL to John Twigger
7.9.1974 fined £ 5 & costs & license endorsed for permitting drunkenness

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

1900 - 1907 Source 17 Albion Brewery Ledger
Woolpack and 4 cottages ( 1900 - 1907 )
Rent £ 50 including cottages

Tennant John Twigger from June 24, 1900

Phipps Estate Ledger D Page 278
Woolpack P. H.
Woolpack, Coventry
Rent £ 48 10s

1929 Police Closed on payment of compensation

1929 Closed

21.12.1962 CS Building demolished for making London Road section of Ring Road

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot James Woodcock

1828/29 Pigot Jas Woodcock

1835 Pigot Robert Randle

1841 Pigot Robert Randle

1845 Kelly R. Randle

1850 CS Robert Randle

1851 Census Robert Randle 48 yo b Nuneaton m Rebecca, 41

1852 JA141 CS Robert Randle

1852 JA141 CS Mrs Randle ( widow )

1858 Cov Weekly Times John Matthews

1861 Census John Barnwell 43 yo b Thurlaston m Elizabeth, 40 & 3s, 3d

1867 JA141 CS William Carpenter

1867 JA141 CS Joseph Hewitt

23.11.1868 Lantern William Hobley

1872 JA141 CS Thomas Dowse

1874 C&B J. Lamb
1878 LJ Vol 1 P44 William Strong, jnr
1879 Stevens William Strong
1879 LJ Vol 1 P44 William Strong, jnr
1879 LJ Vol 1 P44 Phillip Wright
1880 LJ Vol 1 P44 Phillip Wright
1880 LJ Vol 1 P44 Zachariah Wheatley
1881 C&B Z. Wheatley
1881 LJ Vol 1 P44 Zachariah Wheatley
1881 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Henry Wheatley
1881 LJ Vol 1 P44 George William Shuttleworth
1886 C&B G. W. Shuttleworth

1890/91 R&G G. W. Shuttleworth
1890 LJ Vol 1 P44 George William Shuttleworth
1890 LJ Vol 1 P44 Thomas Ludgate
1893 Reporter Thomas Ludgate

1894 R&G Thomas Ludgate

1896 R&G Thomas Ludgate
1897 LJ Vol 1 P44 Thomas Ludgate
1897 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Twigger
1898 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Twigger
1900 Source 17 John Twigger
1903 R&G J. Twigger
1905 R&G J. Twigger
1909 R&G J. Twigger
1911/12 Spennell Mrs Twigger
1912/13 Spennell A. T. Wills
1919 Spennell William Henry Timms
1921/22 Spennell W. H. Timms
1924 P. James F. Timms
1926/27 P. James F. Timms
1929 P. James F. Timms
1931/32 P. James Licensee not named
Pub not listed - St John Street only goes up to No 37

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P44 Emma Hough, Swanswell Street
later LJ Vol 1 P44 Joseph Rigg, Well Street
later LJ Vol 1 P44 Frederick Hough, Allesley
later LJ Vol 1 P44 J. Marston & Sons, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol 1 P44 J. Marston & Sons, Burton on Trent

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