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paulpanic
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31 of 44  Thu 10th Jul 2014 7:28pm  
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Back in 1980 I was in a band called the Accused, and we played a gig at a pub around Coventry somewhere called the White Swan, it is often mentioned in band circles, but I cannot for the life of me find it online. I would love to know if anyone remembers where it is or was. All I can remember is it was in a slightly countrified area just off a main road and stood on its own with a large car park to the right hand side. It had bands play now and again but there was no stage, the bands just cleared the tables out of a bay window area. Can anyone please help, many thanks from Paul Wink
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Genghis Smith
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32 of 44  Thu 10th Jul 2014 9:04pm  
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This pub used to be called the White Swan, but it's in the City Centre, on the corner of White Street & Swanswell Street. I remember seeing bands playing here in the late 70s/early 80s.
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NormK
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33 of 44  Fri 11th Jul 2014 2:30pm  
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Genghis. If that pub used to be called the White Swan it must have been well before 1980. I was bought up in the area and always knew it as The Swanswell Tavern. Roll eyes
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charabanc
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34 of 44  Fri 11th Jul 2014 2:33pm  
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The building in the photographs was the White Swan from 1980 to 1988, after which it became McGuigan's Bar.
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NormK
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35 of 44  Fri 11th Jul 2014 2:49pm  
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Thanks for the correction. I passed the pub every day for years, and never noticed it had been named this Thumbs up When Paul mentioned main road he must mean the Ring Road and the countryfied location must be the Swanswell Pool itself. Thumbs up Edited by member, 11th Jul 2014 3:28 pm
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paulpanic
birmingham
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36 of 44  Sat 26th Jul 2014 1:06am  
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Smile Thanks for responding everyone, but the pub I mean, and played at definitely was not the Swanswell Tavern. It wasn't in a built up area at all, I'm guessing it was just out of Coventry somewhere, and has probably now gone maybe, but in 1980 they had a few gigs now and then, of which ours was one, the pub called White Swan as I remember stood on its own, it was a large pub with a side entrance of the car park, it had a proper roof (ie not a flat one) and large bay windows at the rear. We played on the floor in one of these recesses. Our set was interrupted by a stolen car being set on fire in the car park which in turn set off the fire alarms and a fire engine duly arrived. The only other mention I can find of this pub online is in a blog by Coventry based punk band Criminal Class who mention that they played there too. It's driving me mad, wish I could identify its location, any other help much appreciated
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TonyS
Coventry
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37 of 44  Sat 26th Jul 2014 7:57am  
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Have you tried contacting them? Or are they in the same position as you, and simply can't remember?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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38 of 44  Sat 26th Jul 2014 8:35am  
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White Swan, Shawell, just off the A5? White Swan, Stoke Golding? White Swan, Kingsbury? Edited by member, 26th Jul 2014 8:55 am
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jimflit
coventry
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39 of 44  Sat 31st Jan 2015 11:09am  
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Hello everyone, I am a new member so please bear with me. The White Swan was situated next to the Swanswell Inn opposite the Fire Station next to Lady Herberts Garden by gatehouse, I feel I am correct but at my age I could be wrong. Jim Flit Cheers
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Norman Conquest
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40 of 44  Sat 31st Jan 2015 11:23am  
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Think that was the Swanswell Hotel. Was demolished because it was in the way of the proposed ring road.
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dutchman
Spon End
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41 of 44  Sat 31st Jan 2015 3:05pm  
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You're mistaken Norman. The Swanswell Hotel continued trading until 1998 when it was known as "The Inn Place" and wasn't demolished until 1999.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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42 of 44  Sat 31st Jan 2015 8:07pm  
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Demolished and left as an empty space! They had a shark in a tank in that pub, once.
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dutchman
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43 of 44  Sun 1st Feb 2015 8:07pm  
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It was the Swanswell Cottage in Leicester Street which was demolished to make way for the Ring Road Norman.
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NeilsYard
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44 of 44  Thu 18th Jul 2019 12:01pm  
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A very rare view of the original Swanswell Tavern taken from Swanswell Street looking south towards Cox Street and the junction with White Street.
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