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Coach and Horses, Longford Road, Longford

Coach Horses 2019 This was a common pub name since the seventeenth century. It indicates a stopping place for Hackney carriages and later stage-coaches and was an indication of the growth of traffic on the roads. As early as 1817 the pub was being used for auctions. In 1942 it was said that the Coach and Horses and the Saracens Head were exactly opposite, though it is more correct to say they were alongside each other. Also that Longford Wake lined the street in Market Square and in front of the Coach and Horses. In 1982 it was said to have a quiet intimate bar with mirrors advertising Atkinson's beers and a noisy, busy lounge. Research by 'philex31' on the Historic Coventry forum would suggest that the Sephtons and their extended family had connections with many of the pubs in the Longford area: Boat (Blackhorse Road), Boat (Grange Road), Greyhound, Elephant & Castle, Miners Arms, Bird In Hand, Green Man, Old Crown (Windmill Road), New Inn, Saracens Head, Coach & Horses, Engine. Also, away from Longford were the Park Gate Hotel and the New Inn (Stockingford). The majority of the Coventry Sephtons appear to be descended from James Sephton, a canal-boat builder, who arrived in the Hawkesbury area c1805 from Shardlow in Derbyshire. Somewhat at odds with this boozy background, other family members operated temperance hotels in the city centre (The Victoria, Warwick Row, and The Priory, Bayley Lane).


LICENSEES: (the COACH & HORSES) 1841 - 1845 Richard Jones 1845 Samuel Wilson (BEERHOUSE) 1850 - 1879 Francis Ball 1880 - 1888 George West 1892 - 1924 Benjamin Lole 1929 J. Jackson 1931 - 1934 H. Palmer 1935 - 1940 J. Fletcher 1955 - 1966 Lawrence G. Knight (with Sarah H. Tedds) 1960s E.G. Rowarth (see clipping below)


1849 William Wilson to 2.1926 Charringtons
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