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Formidable, Bishop Street

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
1772?TALBOT
1774?DOG
1783?FORMIDABLE
1784?BOWLING GREEN
George Brydges, Lord Rodney, (1719 - 1792), had a distinguished career but is remembered especially for the victory over the French in 1782 at the Battle of the Saintes in the West Indies. This lead to better peace terms with the French after the American Revolution. His flagship was H.M.S. Formidable. In 1774 this was the DOG in Bishop Street. The Dog above Bishop Street is mentioned when a bowling green is laid there. By 1783 Rodney and H.M.S. Formidable's fame had spread rapidly, as this was only a year after the Battle of the Saintes. In 1783 the last horse races were held in Coventry Park and 'cocking' was held at the Formidable public house between the gentlemen of Warwickshire and Leicestershire (cock fighting, that is, not some strange sexual pursuit!). By 12th May 1783 subscribers of Coventry Bowling Green held a dinner at the FORMIDABLE. They did the same in 1784 but this is the last known mention of the FORMIDABLE. From that year on it is referred to as the BOWLING GREEN. This pub is not to be confused with the Admiral Lord Rodney pub's restaurant named the Formidable in the 1980s. Photo
Top of Bishop Street towards Burges and the spires 1919


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