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Castle, 24 Bond Street

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
This has been a common pub name for centuries. It is tempting to connect it with the phrase 'an Englishman's home is his castle', a phrase which has been in use since the seventeenth century, but it is more likely to refer to - a. Coventry Castle. b. The castle in the City Coat of Arms. c. A simple visual sign, easy to illustrate and easy for patrons to recognise. Bond Street was built in 1845 - 50, yet in 1862 and 1863 the Castle is referred to as an 'old public house'. Was it older than the rest of the street ? Our first record is in 1850. It does not appear to have thrived, as it was to let in 1855, 1856, 1862 and as the FIRE ENGINE was for auction in 1863. The Coventry Standard of 6.2.1863 carried an advertisement for 'all that substantially built property in Bond Street, consisting of the licensed public house lately known as the Castle, and now the Fire Engine, very conveniently arranged' . To be auctioned. In 1861 the landlord, George Cooper, was an insolvent debtor and in the same year Mr Dykes was said to be at the Castle. They both appear in the 1861 census at 21 Bond Street, which is divided into four properties. No 2, 21 Bond Street, was occupied by Samuel Dyke, 26, an engine turner, whilst No3, 21 Bond Street, was occupied by George Cooper, 34, a silk weaver. There is no mention of a public house. In 1863 there is a reference to the Castle, now called the FIRE ENGINE but in May the same year it is the GODIVA. By 1874 the pub had gone.


LICENSEES: (the CASTLE) 1855 C. Lockington 1858 Thomas Elton 1861 George Cooper 1861 Mr Dykes LICENSEES: (the GODIVA) 1866 - 1868 Joseph Baker
Street plan of 1851
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