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Courtyard, High Street

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
16241992ROSE AND CROWN
1992?COURTYARD
Courtyard This pub is Grade II Listed being c1800 stucco, set back from the street in its yard and one of the few early inns surviving in central Coventry. The first mention I have found was in in 1624 when certain houses are said to stand near the Rose and Crown gateway. This gateway must have been quite substantial as in1853 there was a lease of a ware-room above it. At this date, the seventeenth century that is, the pub appears to have been known as the CROWN. In 1692 Thomas King bought the Rose and Crown and then in the eighteenth century it was owned by a changing partnership of up to six people. The pub appears on Bradford's map of 1748/9 so it was a substantial building. After Coventry Races in 1755 ordinaries, set meals at a fixed price were sold here. In 1756 fourteen soldiers were billeted here, confirming it as one of the largest inns in Coventry. It is said that the accommodation at the Rose and Crown was used by carriers. Being such large premises, they were used for public entertainment. In 1785, 'a large commodious room accommodated the Amazing Pig of Knowledge which could count and tell either the time or 'any lady's or gentlemen's thoughts'. Now if only I had a pig like that! During the Great Fair (the Corpus Christi or Show Fair lasted eight days) of 1795, the Sadlers Wells Company came with a troupe of Italian acrobats and performed the 'Harlequin Skeleton' in the Assembly Rooms and at the Rose and Crown whilst the acrobats entertained in the yard. in 1762 the Rose and Crown was the meeting place of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire (Freemasons). For two years a boys school was held in a large room in the Rose and Crown. This was because St. Michael's parish school in Union Street had closed in 1853 and the new school was not opened until 1855. In 1935 it was said to have 'spacious and comfortable lounge. Flowers and Sons ales, finest wines and spirits'. In 1961 Jimmy Taylor wrote at some length about the delights of the Rose and Crown, see below. I can't help but feel that we have lost something in the past half century. In 1992 the pub became the COURTYARD.

LICENSEES:

1845 Ann Onions 1841 - 1850 John Lee 1861 - 1874 Joseph Hayward (or Haywood) 1879 - 1881 James Day 1886 - 1891 J. Graynoth 1893 S. A. Graynoth 1894 - 1896 Joseph Cotton 1903 - 1905 Mrs. J. Sewell 1909 - 1913 George Sumner 1919 - 1934 W. H. Grainger 1935 - 1940 A. Sheffiled 1947 - 1959 Reg A. Sheffield 1959 - 1961 Kenneth Frank Greenwell 1961 Roy C. Baker 1962 Reg A. Suffolk (see also City Arms, Earlsdon and Craven Arms, High Street) 1960s Thady Joseph Flannelly (see also Old Clarence, Earlsdon)

OWNERS:

1692 Thomas King 1748 E. King, younger, son of T. King 1748 C. Harbridge & J. Pickering 1765 C. Harbridge & J. Pickering & J. Asplin & J. Chambers & W. Dawkes & J. Masfen 1837 G. Bunney 1848 S. Bunney 1935 - 1961 Flowers
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