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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 gradual increase in gin consumption in the early 19th century lead to a pressure for reform. The 1820's were a decade of falling beer consumption and increasing gin consumption and the time of the emergence of the 'gin plalace'. This was the result of a reduction in spirit duties and also of the cost of spirit licenses. Why were these duties reduced?. Because the Whigs were in favour of Free Trade and the Tories had anticipated increased agricultural incomes. In 1825 there were 8,500 more spirit licenses than in 1800 in England.

There was a concerned reaction to this. At this time temperance agitation was anti-spirit agitation. Temperance meant moderation, not abstinence and it was not thought incompatible to rail against spirits whilst maintaining that beer was a wholesome and nutritional beverage. Conditions were ripe for measures to be taken. There was an attempt at legislation in 1828 which failed. In 1830 the Duke of Wellington pushed through the Beer Act, which abolished all duty on beer and established the right of any householder to sell beer upon the purchase of a 2 guinea license from the Excise. The beerhouses so established were subject to a £20 fine for selling wines or spirits.

The result was that all the illicit alehouses came out of hiding and traded legally, whilst every craftsman's shop obtained a license to sell beer as a refreshment for waiting customers. Many established premises became beerhouses because of its convenience. In the first year 24,000 licenses were granted, by the end of 1831 it was 31,000; 1832 36,000 and by 1836 46,000. This is at a time when there were only 56,000 fully licensed public houses in the country.
The figures for Coventry were
1835 - 117 pubs and 77 beerhouses
1841 - 151 pubs and 70 beerhouses
1874 - 243 pubs and 9 beerhouses

The effect of the Act was to encourage beer and gin drinking to the detriment of tea. It also did not weaken the power of the common brewer, as they continued to tie fully licensed public houses, whilst the quantities sold in beerhouses were relatively insignificant and it was probably brought from a common brewer in any way. Bass production rose six fold from 1830 to 1840.

There were acts in 1834, 1839, 1840, 1848, 1850 and 1856 which attempted to reverse the situation brought about in 1830. In 1869 the Wine and Beerhouse Act reversed the 1830 Act by bringing beerhouses under the purview of the magistrates to enforce a clean-up operation against the beerhouses. Existing beerhouses had some protection, but very few were licensed after 1869. The last beerhouse in Coventry, probably the Nugget in Coundon, became a fully licensed public house in the 1930's

map of coventry 1937
Beerhouse Address (and licensee)   This Beerhouse Became  
Aldermans Green (Barson) link Miners Arms link
Aldermans Green (Birch) link Weavers Arms link
Aldermans Green (Clay) link Holly Bush link
Aldermans Green (Davenport) link n/a  
Aldermans Green (Hartop) link n/a  
Aldermans Green, Jackers Road (Clay) link n/a  
Aldermans Green (Jacques) link Miners Arms link
Aldermans Green (Morton) link n/a  
Allesley (Beacham) link n/a  
Allesley, Butts Lane (Elliot) link n/a  
Allesley, Coundon Road (Clarke) link n/a  
Allesley, Hawkes End (Falconbridge) link Drum and Monkey link
Allesley (Turner) link Royal Oak link
Allesley (Wills, Burbridge) link Unicorn link
Bell Green (Aldridge) link n/a  
Bell Green (Arculus) link n/a  
Bell Green (Butcher) link Shoulder of Mutton link
Bell Green (Claridge) link n/a  
Bell Green (Edmunds) link n/a  
Bell Green (Flavell) link The Bell link
Brownshill Green, Wall Hill Road (Sanders, Catlin) link White Lion link
Chapelfields, 21 Craven Street (Yardley) link Coombe Abbey Inn link
Chapelfields, 71 Craven Street (Beers, Laxton, Gorsuch) link Brewers Arms link
Chapelfields, Craven Street (Gibbs) link Coombe Abbey Inn link
City, Bailey Lane (Woodler) link n/a  
City, 19 Bishop Street (Leigh) link Woodman link
City, 20 Bishop Street (Townsend) link Old Stag link
City, Bishop Street (Hill) link n/a  
City, Bishop Street (Stowell) link n/a  
City, 1 Bond Street (Freckleton, Kelsey) link Oddfellows Arms link
City, Broadgate (Dell) link Board link
City, 9 Bull Ring (Burrows) link Golden Lion link
City, Bull Ring (Leeson) link n/a  
City, Butcher Row (Clark) link n/a  
City, Butcher Row (Evans) link n/a  
City, Butcher Row (Goodman) link n/a  
City, 63 and 64 Butts (Essex) link Russell Arms link
City, Butts (Collingbourne) link n/a  
City, Butts, Junction Street (Cox) link n/a  
City, Butts Lane (Welch) link Union Arms link
City, 13 Canterbury Street (Salisbury) link n/a  
City, Chauntry Place (Makepeace) link n/a  
City, 21 Cook Street (unknown) link Old Tower Inn/Tavern link
City, 5 Cook Street (Dowse) link Holly Bush Inn link
City, Cook Street (Farmer) link n/a  
City, 1 Cow Lane (Graham) link Hare and Squirrel link
City, Cow Lane (Chattaway) link n/a  
City, Cow Lane (Gilbert) link Old Crown link
City, 87 Cox Street (Connor) link n/a  
City, Cross Cheaping (Byrne) link Kings Arms link
City, Dead Lane (Hassel) link Cottage link
City, Dead Lane (Winkless) link n/a  
City, 15 Drapers Field (Townsend) link Moira Arms link
City, Earl (or Gosford) Street (Bray) link n/a  
City, Earl Street (Smith) link n/a  
City, Fleet Street (Barton) link n/a  
City, 1 Freehold Street (Jordan) link Freehold Tavern link
City, 37 Freeth Street (Fossey) link n/a  
City, Freeth Street (Cramp) link n/a  
City, Gas Street (Docker) link Gas Tavern link
City, 64 Greyfriars Lane (Walker, Price) link Greyfriars Inn link
City, Greyfriars Lane (James) link    
City, Greyfriars Lane (Pearson) link Bell link
City, 20 Hales Street (Dowse) link Swanswell Hotel link
City, 20 Hertford Place (Cox) link Hertford Tavern link
City, Hertford Place (Brown) link n/a  
City, Hertford Place (Glaze) link n/a  
City, 27 Hertford Street (Allen, Feltham) link Half Moon link
City, High Street (Hibell, Freeman) link Waters link
City, Hill Place (Webb) link Watchmakers Arms link
City, 11 Hill Street (unknown) link Newdigate Arms link
City, Hill Street (Chittim) link n/a  
City, 51 Hope Street (Gutteridge) link Union Arms link
City, 10 Howard Street (Bailey) link Gate Tavern link
City, 16 Jordan Well (Barnacle) link Mattock and Spade link
City, Jordan Well (Gray) link Rainbow link
City, Jordan Well (Walker) link n/a  
City, 6 King Street (Hinton) link n/a  
City, 9 King Street (Payne) link n/a  
City, 14 King William Street (Gill) link Ivy Cottage link
City, 29 King William Street
(Brocklebank, Coldicott, Reading)
link n/a  
City, 98 King William Street (Rose) link Primrose Hill Tavern link
City, Leicester Row (Golsby) link Canal Tavern link
City, 47 Leicester Street (Coe) link n/a  
City, Leicester Street (Eaves) link Swanswell Cottage link
City, Leicester Street (Jordan) link Barley Mow link
City, Little Park Street (Tagg) link n/a  
City, 1 Lower Ford Street (Southam) link Canterbury Arms link
City, 14 Market Place (Sidwell) link Star Vaults link
City, Market Street (Brown) link Welch Harp link
City, Moat Street (unknown) link Moat House Tavern, and later Bullfield Inn link
City, 73 Much Park Street (Reading) link White Friar Inn (Tavern) link
City, Much Park Street (Bright) link n/a  
City, Much Park Street (Goodman) link n/a  
City, Much Park Street (Hewitt) link n/a  
City, Much Park Street (Reynolds) link n/a  
City, New Buildings (Brookes) link n/a  
City, New Buildings (Johnson) link n/a  
City, New Buildings (Makepeace) link n/a  
City, New Street (Cramp) link n/a  
City, New Street (Humphries) link n/a  
City, New Street (Tandy) link n/a  
City, New Street (Tansley) link Brittania link
City, Palmer Lane (Barton) link n/a  
City, Palmer Lane (Hadden) link n/a  
City, Palmer Lane (Trickett) link n/a  
City, Palmer Lane (Watts) link n/a  
City, Paynes Lane (Guttridge) link n/a  
City, Paynes Lane (Samson) link n/a  
City, 35 Queen Street (Molesworth, Thomas) link n/a  
City, Sherbourne Street (Alliban) link n/a  
City, Sherbourne Street (Brown) link Shamrock link
City, Sherbourne Street (Eaves) link Waggon and Horses link
City, Silver Street (Dawson) link n/a  
City, 1 Smithford Street (Harrison) link Coventry Arms link
City, 9 Smithford Street (Sumner, Colley) link City Vaults link
City, 17 Smithford Street (Morris) link Vaults, Spirit Vaults link
City, 35 Smithford Street (Dell, Suffolk) link Liquor Vaults, Old Baths link
City, 43 Smithford Street (Bailey) link Fleur de Lis link
City, Smithford Street (Dalton) link Ram link
City, Smithford Street (Eaves) link Newdegate Arms link
City, Smithford Street (Langshaw) link n/a  
City, 14 Spon Street (Smith) link Recruiting Sergeant link
City, 16 Spon Street (Hughes) link Vaults, Tuppenny Tube link
City, 48 Spon Street (Hollins) link Eagle Vaults link
City, 54 Spon Street (Monk, Taylor, Morgan) link n/a  
City, 60 Spon Street (Mills) link Queens Arms link
City, 75 Spon Street link Melbourne Hotel (Gardens) link
City, Spon Street (Bagshaw) link n/a  
City, Spon Street (Barnacle) link Harrow link
City, Spon Street (Beers) link n/a  
City, Spon Street (Heales) link n/a  
City, Spon Street (Kendall) link n/a  
City, Spon Street (Micklin) link Dyers Arms link
City, Spon Street (Pratt) link n/a  
City, Spon Street (Taylor) link Fountain link
City, Spon Street (Wall) link Black Swan link
City, 15 St John Street link Cottage link
City, St Nicholas Place (Stringer) link n/a  
City, Swanswell Street (Merridew) link n/a  
City, Swanswell Terrace (Wilcox) link Bull and Anchor (tbc) link
City, 45 and 46 Thomas Street (Spicer) link Albion Inn (Tavern) link
City, Thomas Street (Lance) link Moat House link
City, Thomas Street (Matthews) link n/a  
City, 8 Tower Street (Bradford) link Hope and Anchor link
City, Tower Street (Jewell) link n/a  
City, Tower Street (Read) link n/a  
City, Town Wall (Shilton) link Town Wall Tavern link
City, Upper Well Street ((Shortley) link n/a  
City, Warwick Lane (Dalton) link Turks Head link
City, Warwick Lane (Gardner) link Red Lion link
City, Warwick Lane (Shepperd) link n/a  
City, Warwick Lane (Thompson) link n/a  
City, Well Street (Seekerson) link Reindeer link
City, Well Street (Smith) link n/a  
City, West Orchard (Rider) link n/a  
City, Whitefriars Lane (Edwards) link Black Dog link
City, 1 Whitefriars Street (Reading) link White Friar Inn (Tavern) link
City, Whitefriars Street (Edwards) link Black Dog link
City, 61 Yardley Street (Warner) link Half Moon Inn link
Coundon (Barr) link n/a  
Coundon (Sanders) link n/a  
Coundon (Taylor) link n/a  
Coundon Green, (Cowpe Pendleton, Green, Shirley) link Nugget link
Courthouse Green, 305-307 Armfiled Road (Bradford) link Golden Fleece link
Courthouse Green, 771 Stoney Stanton Road (Cakebread) link Navigation link
Courthouse Green, 237 Bell Green Road
(Birch)
link Weavers Arms link
Courthouse Green, 237 Bell Green Road
(Harrison)
link Weavers Arms link
Courthouse Green (Bunn) link Weavers Arms link
Courthouse Green (Orton) link n/a  
Earlsdon, 112 Berkeley Road South (previously Cromwell St) link Earlsdon Stores link
Earlsdon, 32 Earlsdon Street (Welton) link Royal Oak link
Eastern Green, Eastern Green Lane (Wills) link Unicorn link
Far Gosford Street (Ensor) link n/a  
Far Gosford Street (Fawson) link Three Crowns link
Far Gosford Street (Walton) link Hertford Arms link
116 Far Gosford Street (Bird) link Hertford Arms link
Fillongley, Mill Lane (Pickering) link n/a  
Flints Green (Keatley) link Raglan House link
Foleshill, 305 Armfield Road (Hewitt) link Fleece link
Foleshill (Carpenter) link n/a  
Foleshill, Carpenter's Lane (Clarke) link n/a  
Foleshill, Carpenter's Lane (Hunt) link Swan link
Foleshil, Carpenter's Lane (Lole) link Coach and Horses link
Foleshil, Carpenter's Lane (Randle) link n/a  
Foleshill (Cotton) link n/a  
Foleshill, 24 Cromwell Street (Lowe, Aiers, Sidwell) link Bricklayers Arms link
Foleshill (Daniels) link n/a  
Foleshill, Eden Street, Paradise (Gore, Hilton) link Adam and Eve link
Foleshill, 1007 Foleshill Road (Morris, Walling, Sutton) link Three Horseshoes Inn link
Foleshill, 252 Foleshill Road (Dalton) link Green Dragon/Prince William Henry link
Foleshill (George) link n/a  
Foleshill, Grange Lane, (Grange Road) (Sephton) link Boat link
Foleshill (Hadden) link n/a  
Foleshill, 172 Lockhurst Lane (Stringer, Dalton) link Rose Inn link
Foleshill, Lockhurst Lane (Brown) link n/a  
Foleshill, Lockhurst Lane (Clarke) link n/a  
Foleshill, Lockhurst Lane (Gamble, Needham) link Pilgrim link
Foleshill, 151 Lockhurst Lane (Lenton) link Crow in the Oak link
Foleshill (Lole) link Coach and Horses, Longford link
Foleshill (Markhill) link n/a  
Foleshill (Moore) link n/a  
Foleshill, New Inn Bridge (Parrish) link New Inn link
Foleshill (Nicholls) link Navigation link
Foleshill, Old Church Road, Bell Green (Hughes, Dawes) link Shoulder of Mutton link
Foleshill, 12 Old Church Road (Butcher) link Bell link
Foleshill (Orton) link n/a  
Foleshill, Partings of the Heaths (Adkins) link n/a  
Foleshill, Partings of the Heaths (Isaacs) link n/a  
Foleshill, Partings of the Heaths (Randle) link n/a  
Foleshill, Red House Road (Nicholls) link n/a  
Foleshill, Windmill Lane (Birch) link n/a  
Foleshill, Windmill Lane (Latham) link n/a  
Foleshill, Windmill Lane (Lucas) link n/a  
Foleshill, Windmill Lane (Smith) link n/a  
Foxford, 61 Grange Road (Whitehall, Coulson) link The Boat link
Gosford Street (Allen) link n/a  
Gosford Street (Bray) link Griffin link
Gosford Street (Fawson) link Three Crowns link
Gosford Street (Freeman) link n/a  
Gosford Street (Gascoigne) link n/a  
Gosford Street, Harnall Place (Salisbury) link n/a  
Gosford Street (Johnson) link n/a  
Gosford Street (Lomas) link n/a  
Gosford Street (Miles) link Anchorsmith Tavern link
Hall Green, Aldermans Green Road
(Turrell, Strong, Webb, Smith)
link Rose in June link
Hall Green (Ball) link Golden Fleece link
Hall Green (Duncliffe) link n/a  
Hall Green (Harban) link n/a  
Hall Green (Harrison) link Weavers Arms  
Hall Green (Humphries) link Shoulder of Mutton link
Hall Green (King) link n/a  
Hall Green (Moore) link Red Horse link
Hall Green (Turrell, Smith) link Rose in June link
Hall Green Road (Woodhouse, Walden) link Green Man link
Hawkesbury (Bailey) link Boat link
Hawkesbury Lock (Beasley) link Greyhound link
Hawkesbury (West) link n/a  
Henley Green (Harris) link n/a  
Hillfields (Astell) link n/a  
Hillfields, 23 Castle Street (Sidwell) link The Castle link
Hillfields, 47 and 48 Castle Street (Lane, Lenton) link n/a  
Hillfields, 8 Cross Street (Francis, Poole) link Vine Cottage Inn link
Hillfields, East Street, Harnall Fields (unknown) link White Horse link
Hillfields, 68 East Street (Allen, Frances) link Bunch of Flowers link
Hillfields, 46 Gilbert Street (Harrison) link n/a  
Hillfields, High Street, Newtown (Farren) link n/a  
Hillfields, High Street, Newtown (Gilbert) link n/a  
Hillfields, Junction Street (Francis) link Vine Cottage link
Hillfields (Kimberley) link n/a  
Hillfields, Primrose Hill Street (Goode) link n/a  
Hillfields, Primrose Hill Street (Hirons) link n/a  
Hillfields, Primrose Hill Terrace (Shilton) link White Horse Inn/Weavers Arms link
Hillfields (Rigby) link n/a  
Hillfields (Rolling) link n/a  
Hillfields, Harnall Lane (Elton) link Freehold Tavern link
Hillfields, Harnall Lane (Jordan) link Freemasons Tavern link
Hillfields, 61 Harnall Lane West (Shilton) link Fiveways Tavern link
Hillfields (Sidwell) link Elephant and Castle link
Hillfields, Vauxhall Terrace (Lamb) link n/a  
Keresley (Clarke) link Hare and Hounds link
Keresley (Foster, Goode) link Bell link
Keresley (Hall) link n/a  
Keresley (Hixon) link Mount Pleasant link
Keresley (Howes) link n/a  
Keresley (Johnson) link n/a  
Keresley (Neal) link n/a  
Keresley (Wakelin) link n/a  
Little Heath (Archer) link Navigation link
Little Heath (Baylis) link William IV link
Little Heath (Clarke) link n/a  
Little Heath (Edwards) link Three Horseshoes link
Little Heath (Gould) link n/a  
Little Heath (Harris) link n/a  
Little Heath (Haughton) link n/a  
Little Heath (Judd) link n/a  
Little Heath (Kelley) link n/a  
Little Heath (Matthews) link n/a  
Little Heath (Poultney) link n/a  
Little Heath (Sheasby) link n/a  
Little Heath (Smith) link Royal Hotel link
Little Heath (Woodcock) link Wheatsheaf link
Longford (Abbott) link n/a  
Longford (Ashbourn) link n/a  
Longford (Ball) link Coach and Horses link
Longford (Bentley) link Boat  
Longford (Biggs) link n/a  
Longford (Burdett) link n/a  
Longford (Cox) link n/a  
Longford, Grange Lane (Mason) link Boat  
Longford, Grange Road (Whitehall) link Boat  
Longford (Hopson) link n/a  
Longford (Johnson) link n/a  
Longford, 140 Longford Road
(Hackett, Woodhouse, Rogers)
link Griffin link
Longford, Longford Road (Pickard, Woodhouse, Mason, Sephton) link Saracens Head link
Longford (Smith) link Holly Bush link
Longford, 2 Station Road (Stringer) link n/a  
Longford (Wilson) link Coach and Horses link
Radford (Lydiatt) link n/a  
Radford, Radford Road (James) link n/a  
Spon End (Chimes) link n/a  
Spon End (Patrick) link Grapes link
Spon End, Sherbourne Street (Wilson) link Hope and Anchor link
Stoke, 18 Church End, Stoke (Fellows) link Rose and Crown link
Stoke, Harnall Lane (Cooper) link Bowling Green link
Stoke (Ensor) link n/a  
Stoke, 7 Gosford Terrace (Harris) link White Lion Inn link
Stoke (Jackson) link n/a  
Stoke (Lester) link Rose and Crown link
Stoke, 44 North Street (Ward) link Rose and Woodbine link
Stoke (Orton) link Rose and Woodbine link
Stoke (Pinfold) link n/a  
Stoke, 262 Walsgrave Road (Kimberley) link Rose and Crown link
Stoke (Walton) link n/a  
Stoneleigh, Broad Lane (Linney) link n/a  
Stoneleigh, Broad Lane (Bailey) link n/a  
Stoneleigh, Broad Lane (Sumner) link Hawthorn Tree link
Stoneleigh (Hall) link n/a  
Stoneleigh (Hudson) link n/a  
Stoneleigh (Keartland) link n/a  
Stoneleigh (Sparrow) link n/a  
771 Stoney Stanton Road (Rowston) link Navigation link
Stoney Stanton Road (Banbury) link n/a  
Stoney Stanton Road (Lester) link n/a  
Stoney Stanton Road (Smith) link n/a  
Tile Hill (Chattaway) link n/a  
Tile Hill (Cox) link n/a  
Walsgrave (Barson) link Mount Pleasant link
Walsgrave (Gilbert) link n/a  
Walsgrave (Liggins) link Red Horse link
Walsgrave (Lowe) link Cock (tbc) link
Walsgrave (Parrish) link Shoulder of Mutton link
Walsgrave (Phipps) link n/a  
Walsgrave (Remmer) link n/a  
Walsgrave (Sibley) link Spotted Dog link
Walsgrave (Smith) link Horse and Jockey (tbc) link
Walsgrave, Sowe Waste (Hayes) link (Spotted) Dog link
Walsgrave, Sowe Waste (Randall) link n/a  
Walsgrave, Sowe Waste (Wakeford) link n/a  
Walsgrave (Turner) link n/a  
Walsgrave, Tusses Bridge, Sowe (Grant, McElroy) link n/a  
Walsgrave (Wrighton) link n/a  
Westwood Heath (Greenwood, Green) link Peeping Tom link
Whitley, London Road (unknown) link Royal Oak link
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