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.
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.
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.
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.
All text and images
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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.
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.
View the free art gallery that inn signs have provided down the generations on
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.
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
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
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.
"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
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