History of Pubs and Breweries of the Midlands Region. Research is augmented with photographs, details of licensees, stories of local folklore, census data, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.



 

Welcome

Background Information
This website aims to record and preserve the histories of the pubs, inns, taverns and breweries of the Midlands' region. There is an emphasis on Birmingham and the Black Country, however other towns and places are featured. Consequently, you will find sections on other counties of the Midlands region, though maybe not in such great detail. The website is a great resource for those interested in public houses and breweries but also offers a wealth of information for those researching social history and genealogy. There are thousands of images and hundreds of maps and plans for you to browse and enjoy. Considerable effort and expense has been employed in order for web browsers to have the benefit of all the resources available to me. For example, this interior photograph of the Royal Oak at Amblecote is one of the many ultra-rare images featured on the site.

The Royal Oak at Amblecote [c.1955]

Navigation of the Site
Use the site map link in the top right-hand corner of any page to find what you are looking for. Alternatively, use the search box. This may not show recent updates as these need archiving by Google and this seems to take a few weeks. To further help easy navigation, drop-down menus are also provided at the top of most pages and there are also menus in the right-hand column to help you move around quickly.

The Anchor Hotel at Cradley Heath [c.1947]

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Help to keep the website running by advertising - all revenue gets ploughed back into updating pages and acquiring photographs and material. All advertisements convey a simple but effective message, can combine photographs of your business and is linked directly to your website. The adverts help to drive traffic, improve visitor numbers and generate publicity and/or sales for your business. If you have a pub, brewery or offer any services to the licensed trade this site is a great place to be seen. Click here for more information.

Other Technical Bits
Although some trickery and effects have been deployed to make the site a visually enjoyable experience, great effort has been made to ensure that the pages will download relatively quick and can be viewed on most browsers. All pages have been validated at W3C so hopefully you will be able to enjoy the site no matter what machine you are using, no matter what browser you have and will fit on most screen resolution settings. I am a little behind on tablets and apps. but I hope the site can be viewed on most mobile devices.
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Men Drinking in a Pub [c.1954]
Does anyone remember the days when men used to get dressed to go to the pub? When they’d have a laugh but remain within decent guidelines? When men would show deference to the licensee? When they would offer their seat to a woman or an elderly guy? When they wouldn’t swear every other word? When they didn’t stop the conversation because they had a tweet to read or a mobile call to take? When they didn’t wear hoodies and nip in the toilets to score? When they knew they’d had enough? When they knew how to put the young one’s in line for playing up in a public house? This website goes some way to remember those days.

Saturday Night in the Pub Lounge [1949]
It’s 1949 and people are still on rationing. But they put a brave face on things for Saturday night in the pub’s lounge. Time to put on the best bib and tucker and enjoy a bottle of stout amid the local community.

Inn Signs
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View the free art gallery that inn signs have provided down the generations on our roadsides. It was during the middle ages that signs of unique character emerged throughout the region, perhaps due to the increasing number of inns that drove landlords to try to attract customers with a grand sign. As most people were illiterate, there was little point in displaying a name so a picture would be used. The pub, in most cases, would have been named after the sign because people would have spoke of being at the sign rather than the building itself. Each inn sign featured on the site has an explanation of its origin and meaning. Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on the Inn Sign of the Albion Inn at Tividale [1989]

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Genealogy Connections
If you have a genealogy story or query regarding a pub in the region you can contact me and I will post your message within the Genealogy Forum.

Pub Quiz
Win Prizes in the Pub Quiz
The last time I organised a quiz in a local pub it was the mid-1990’s when hardly anyone had a mobile phone and the Internet was a thing for early-adopters. Consequently, I have no idea how such events are policed these days. Surely there is a lot of cheating going on? Anyway, I thought I would compile an online quiz for the website and it has proved harder than I thought as it is so easy for everyone to look up the answers! As a result, I have tried to make it a little trickier to source the answers. The reward is that I am giving a prize for each quiz. First to complete and submit a winning entry gets the prize. I'll leave the quizzes online after the prize has been awarded but it will be there for fun only. Once the prize has gone, it's gone. I will however keep adding more quizzes for you to enter. Click here to play the pub quiz.

Click here to play the Pub Jukebox
I prefer no music in pubs but just for a bit of fun I'm going to have a virtual pub jukebox to which I'll add a track from time-to-time. The aim is not to alienate too many punters so each track should be pleasing to most ears, evoke a musical memory, stimulate conversation or inspire imbibers to ask the publican "what's this on the jukebox?" Click here to play the jukebox.

Quotation
The Mail Coach by John Frederick Herring
"At each Inn on the road I a welcome could find; At the Fleece I'd my skin full of ale; The Two Jolly Brewers were just to my mind; At the Dolphin I drink like a wheale. Tom Tun at the Hogshead sold pretty good stuff; They'd capital flip at the Boar; And when at the Angel I'd tippled enough, I went to the Devil for more.”
Mail Coach Guard

Work in Progress

Ansell's Mild

Comic Postcard - XX Casks

Ind Coope Double Diamond

Comic Postcard - Best Pale Ale

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Quotation
John Hillaby
“Few things are more pleasant than a village graced with a good church, a good priest and a good pub.”
John Hillaby

Worthington's Indie Pale Ale [1940's]

Ansell's Bittermen - You Can't Beat Em

Ind Coope Ales and Stouts

Give Me Dare's - The Perfect Beer

Atkinson's Imperial Bitter

Statto Corner
Statto Corner

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Beer and Pipe Smoker

Whose Round Is It?

Bar Parlour Stained Glass

Tap Room Etched Glass

Cheers!

Pub Drinkers between the Wars

Rural Drinkers outside the Pub

The Young Barmaid by Charles Sillem Lidderdale

Drinking Celebrations

Le Bock by Picasso [1901]

Beer is Best

Best Room and Snug

Edwardian Barman

Bar Etched Glass

Drinking in the Snug

Barman

Wartime Drinkers

Victorian Barmaid

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Publican

Public Bar Stained Glass
 

Woman Serving Beer

Brewery Buildings