Some history of the Coventry Arms at Pershore in the County of Worcestershire
In recent times the former Coventry Arms housed a children's nursery. The doors of the hostelry closed early in the new millennium. The building stands on Station Road, close to the lane leading to the railway station.
With an inn sign doffing its cap to the local landowner, the Earl of Coventry of Croome Court, the Coventry Arms would have been erected not long after the railway station was opened in May 1852 on the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway. Moving from the Crown Inn at Defford, Solomon Workman was licensee of the new hotel by 1856. When opened, the Coventry Arms only had a beer house licence but this was upgraded on August 26th, 1856, when a spirits licence was granted at the Petty Sessions. Solomon Workman added this to his advertisments that also promoted his homebrewed ales.
"Mr. J. Martin held an inquest at the Coventry Arms, Pershore, on Wednesday, touching the death of Thomas Weston, who died
suddenly at Walcot Farm on Monday afternoon. Mary H. Weston said deceased was her late husband's brother, and resided with her. He had been formerly in business
as a woollen draper, and was 56 years of age. His general health had been good, and he had not had a doctor for three years. He made no complaint about his health on
Monday, and had his meals as usual. He was in the orchard on Monday afternoon, and had chopped some sticks. Witness heard a noise outside, and her servant told her
deceased had fallen down. She found him on the ground flat on his back. With John Edwards's assistance she got him to the house, and after administering brandy
sent for Mr. Rusher. Deceased died soon after they got him in the house. Fanny Clifford, servant, and John Edwards, carter, gave corroborative evidence.
Mr. J. B. Rusher, surgeon, said that death was probably due to apoplexy. The Jury returned a verdict accordingly."
"Sudden Death at Pershore"
Worcestershire Chronicle : January 5th 1895 Page 8