Parkgate Hotel, Parkgate Road
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This pub was named after a gate in the Abbott of Coventry's hunting park of Whitmore Park. It is mentioned as early as 1750. Parkgate Road was once a coaching route and it still contains a few Georgian cottages along with the hotel. The present hotel is the result of a major rebuilding in 1890 after a fire so that only the kitchen and storerooms to the rear are original, and it only became a public house in 1910 when the license of the PARKGATE TAVERN in Lockhurst lane was transferred here.
In the early 20th century it was a simple ale house, frequented by heavy-drinking miners. I remember it in the 1960s as a multi roomed boozer with sawdust on the floor in the bar.
In 1977 the pub swapped from M&B to Courage, later being bought by Manns and becoming an Arden Tavern. In the 1980s it was modernised, the lawn was large and neatly clipped and geese and ducks were kept, quite a delightful place for children. The birds had a particular liking for smoky bacon crisps!
LICENSEES:1924 John James Robinson
1929 T. Busby
1931 - 1932 H. Madeley
1933 - 1934 T. R. Kibbler
1935 - 1936 O. A. Joyce
1937 - 1940 D. Hodgetts
1979 - 1986 Charley & Ann Platt
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