I've come across a newspaper article which reported on the death of a 6yr old lad from Peel Street.
At the inquest a bus conductor working on a Bell Green to Broadgate service told how he saw the lad run behind his bus on Stoney Stanton Road and straight into the path of a horse & dray.
The lad was killed instantly.
This is reported in the 'Coventry Standard' dated the 4th June 1886.
What company was running buses then and what vehicles did they use?
Unusually for the period, the article did not use the word "omnibus"!
It is certainly the case that horse buses were running in Coventry prior to the establishment of the tramway. It is thought they generally conveyed passengers between the railway station and various hotels in and around Coventry so, strictly speaking, they may not have been omnibuses (which stopped at all stops). Given the limited routes for the early trams, it is probable that they may still have been running in 1886.
Well, that's one possibility, anyway.