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Ram, 38 Fleet Street

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
15741851RAM INN, RAMME, RAM HOUSE INN
18411841BEERHOUSE
18511866ROYAL EXCHANGE
18661866WINE & SPIRIT VAULTS
18681871BRITANNIA MUSIC HALL
18711892BRITANNIA VAULTS
18741877VICTORIA THEATRE
1874?BRITANNIA THEATRE OF VARIETIES
The ram is the male sheep, which appears in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers and other livery companies connected with the wool trade. The sign has been in use since the fourteenth century. There are references to this pub in 1574 and 1630 as the RAM in records held by the Coventry Records Office. It is leased in 1610, 1618 and 1634 by Coventry Corporation, who owned it at the time. In 1770 and 1800 the pub is still there but by 1808 and 1834 the Ram Society, a Friendly Society, was meeting in other pubs. On the 1851 Health Map it is shown as the ROYAL EXCHANGE, which appears to have been a Music Hall as well as a pub! In 1841 see the BEERHOUSE, Smithford Street (Dalton). In 1851 the Coventry Standard notes the change of name fron the RAM to the ROYAL EXCHANGE and later in the year the same paper says that Mr Miller opened a Music Hall at the inn and changed the name. At various times, this section of street has been known as either Fleet Street or Smithford Street, depending upon whether the numbering began and ended at Ram Bridge, or the junction with West Orchard.
Fleet St from Spon St
Fleet Street with Smithford Street in the distance.


LICENSEES:

1610 - 1618 William Gibbons 1634 Thomas Stiffe 1800 Mr Cheslin 1822 - 1823 John Bradshaw 1828 - 1829 James Eaves 1841 - 1850 Absolom Dalton 1851 Mr Miller

OWNERS:

1610 - 1634 Coventry Corporation
Ram
Street plan of 1851
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