History of Pubs and Breweries of the Midlands Region with photographs, licensees and family history.


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The Bar of the Royal Oak Inn at Amblecote [c.1955]

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, along with an exterior view of the Anchor Hotel in Cradley Heath, are two of the many ultra-rare images featured on the site.

The Anchor Hotel at Cradley Heath [c.1947]

The website is currently undergoing a transitional phase during which pages are being converted to enable browsing on mobile devices. Navigation on the 'new' pages is simplified by the use of five buttons at the top left-hand corner of every page. You can click on these to return to the homepage, access the site menu or browse the site's social media pages. Older versions of the site are generally fixed-width pages of 1090 pixels. On these pages the site map link is in the top right-hand corner of pages. Alternatively, use the search box. To further help easy navigation, drop-down menus are also provided at the top of these pages and there are also menus in the right-hand column to help you move around quickly.

Yes, the site's pages feature advertising but any revenue gets ploughed back into updating pages and acquiring photographs and material. You may wish to advertise yourself. All adverts 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 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.

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.

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A Halted Mail Coach by Henry Thomas Alken [The British Postal Museum and Archive]

"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."
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