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Castle Inn, 1 King Street

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
Castle Hotel Bishop St And King St 1930s 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 either 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. The Castle Inn was an eighteenth century building which stood on the site of Bishop Gate on the main entrance to the city from the north. It stood opposite the Cranes Inn. In 1899 it was purchased by Phillips & Marriott from John Ellison Poole of Birchfields, Nether Whitacre. The previous occupants had been Ind Coope & Co. Phillips and Marriott paid £4,050 and three months later they valued it at £4,500. It was demolished in the 1960s, for the building of the Ring Road.
The top of Bishop Street in the 1930s. The Castle Inn is here on the right on the corner of King Street.


1841 William Sheffield 1845 - 1861 John Russell 1879 James Hopkins 1881 F. Adcock 1886 - 1891 Charles Matthews 1893 J. B. Geary 1894 - 1896 James Stringer 1899 Elijah Strong 1903 - 1909 Thomas Strong 1909 - 1929 Ernest J. Ingram 1931 - 1940 F. Lewis 1955 - 1957 William Lewis


1899 John Ellison Poole of Birchfields, Nether Whitacre 1899 Phillips & Marriott
Castle Inn
Street plan of 1893
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