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Windmill Inn, 105-106 Spon Street

Alternative Addresses:Spon Causeway
These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
17981886WINDMILL VAULTS
18861970WINDMILL INN
??BEERHOUSE
Windmill Spon St C1900 This name probably marks the site of a former windmill. The pub was close to Spon St Bridge which was built in 1767/68 In 1756 four soldiers were billeted here. In 1798 the premises were occupied by William Ratcliff. In 1881 and 1886 see the WINDMILL VAULTS. Between 1830 and 1837 the licensee was John 'Fatty' Adrian, a renowned local prize fighter. He gained his nickname not from his physique but because he once won a suckling pig for scaling a high pole that was covered in goose grease. Naturally, after completing the feat he was covered in goose grease so after that he was always known as 'Fatty'. Windmill Spon St On 14th November 1830 a fight took place between Fatty Adrian of the Windmill and a Mr. Betteridge for £20 a side in a field behind the Engine pub in Longford. The police interfered so the fight was reconvened in Fillongley five months later. Adrian lost and this is thought to have been the last bare-knuckle bout in Coventry, although the banned sport is rumoured to have been a regular fixture in secret rooms at The Albany Club in Earlsdon during the 1950s and 60s. John Adrian also kept the Leopard Inn in Smithford Street and the Pitts Head in Gosford Street at different times. The pub was known as the Wrexham for a while in the nineteenth century because it sold Walker's Wrexham Ales.

LICENSEES:

1822 - 1823 J. Simmons 1830 - 1837 John 'Fatty' Adrian 1841 William Alliban (See also the Beerhouse, Sherborne Street) 1850 - 1851 James Baker & watchfinisher 1861 - 1874 Charles Banbury (See also the Beerhouse, Stoney Stanton Road) 1879 Peter Walker & Co. 1890 - 1905 J. Pearson 1909 O. Clarke 1911 - 1913 Frank Piper 1919 - 1924 Susannah Piper 1926 - 1940 A. Loach 1952 - 1960 and onwards Albert Arnold (see above and also at the Nugget, Coundon Green 1942 - 44, and at the Three Horseshoes, Stoney Stanton Road from 1944 - 51)
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