Robin Hood (Cox Street, Coventry)

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Coordinate 52.40749, -1.5039
Adm. div. Warwickshire
Vicinity 18 Cox Street
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1863
A.k.a. Robin Hood Inn; Kings Arms
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Cox Street, Coventry.
Dystopian Cityscape: Cox Street, Coventry / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-13.

The Robin Hood at 18 Cox Street, Coventry, was in existence from 1863 or earlier to 1929.

According to the Real Ale Rambles site, the pub was named Kings Arms from 1822 to either 1850[1] or 1868[2] If any of these upper dates is correct, it must the former, for the Gazette for 8 Sep. 1863 includes a notice of the "Last Examination" of "Thomas Poultney, of the Robin Hood Inn, Cox-street, Coventry, in the county of Warwick, Licensed Victualler and Dealer in Tobacco, previously thereto of Hill Top, Coventry aforesaid, out of business, and before then of the White-Bear Inn, New-street, Coventry aforesaid, Licensed Victualler and Dealer in Tobacco, having been adjudged bankrupt".[3] The pub was thus certainly named the Robin Hood Inn by 1863, probably since at least 1862 when Thomas Poultney took over as licensee,[4] and possibly since 1850, assuming Real Ale Rambles are right about that date.

The wealth of data from censuses etc. provided by Real Ale Rambles may be supplemented by information on publicans etc. for the years 1868 to 1912/13 at UK Pub History, which notes that the pub was located at 37 Cox street by 1911.[5] It is not clear if this was due to an actual change of premises or the result of renumbering of the houses. In censuses and other sources, the old street name "Mill Lane" is sometimes found used instead of Cox Street. Thus for instance the 1871 census gives the address as "18-19 Mill Lane".[6] I have not determined the exact location of this pub, but I think the census materials suggest this was somewhere on the west side of Cox Street, south of Cope Street, and quite possibly north of the stairs at Coventry University's James Starley building, where a now lost New Street once extended west from Cox Street.




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