Some history of the George and Dragon on Barr Street
The George and Dragon was located at the south-eastern end of Barr Street amid a hive of back-to-backs and court housing. The fully licensed house was established by 1841 when Thomas Billingham was the gaffer.
In the mid-19th century the pub was very much involved in sporting affairs, the house being the centre of local pigeon-racing. Boxing was also high on the agenda at the George and Dragon.
Before the First World War Mitchell's and Butler's tried on several occasions to remove the licence of the George and Dragon and transfer it to a new public house at Bordesley Green.
The last year in which the pub is listed in Birmingham's trade directories is 1927 when Joseph Norris was the publican.
The premises of the George and Dragon became the Old Edwardians Boys' Club for a number of years.
Licensees of this pub
1841 - Thomas Billingham
1845 - Samuel Chilton
1849 - Elizabeth Richards
1854 - Edward Thomas
1862 - William Buxton
1868 - James White
1869 - Thomas Hitchens
1875 - Benjamin Patrick
1881 - Henry Nash
1886 - William Biddle
1895 - George Miller
1900 - Mrs Rosa Richards
1907 - Mrs Alice Davis
1914 - Leonard George Blocksidge
1925 - Joseph Norris
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This map shows the location of the George and Dragon in 1889, a period when there was a lot of housing in and around Barr Street.
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"Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of
bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon."
G. K. Chesterton
"Harry Taylor and Matchett. The friends of these Birmingham light-weights met at Mr. Hitchen's, George and Dragon, Barr Street, on Monday
evening, Taylor being present to ratify articles to box at 8st. 3lb, for 25/-. a-side, in two months, but Taylor, not feeling secure of raising that amount, sooner than
mislead his friends forfeited the money down, offering however, to fight Matchett an off-hand engagement in a week for a "tenner," but the latter being on a
sparring tour the affair fell through."
The Sportsman : May 6th 1869 Page 4.