History of The Yenton at Erdington in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire. 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.


The Yenton
The Yenton

Some History of this Pub
The photograph below was taken two days before Christmas 1959. Even the milkman is on a festive session. And judging by the look of his full milk bottles, he hasn't finished his round yet! Or perhaps he is delivering milk to the pub - in which case he's a bit late doing his round. In those days milkmen knocked off early as they had been at it since the crack of dawn - and before in some cases.

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There are some very smart cars parked outside the pub. Mind you, The Yenton is located in what was a more affluent part of Birmingham. Indeed, Sutton Coldfield is not too far away. The pub was built on the corner of Sutton Road and Douay Road, a sort of midway point between Erdington and Wylde Green. The large pub was built just off the busy Chester Road so presumably benefited from passing trade in addition to serving the local community.

It is thought that the pub's name is a corruption of Yerdington, thought to be the name of a moated homestead in this locale. However, in a Victorian publication entitled "Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men," Eliezer Edwards asserted that in the early 19th century Erdington was colloquially known as Yarnton. By the late 19th century there were three large houses in the locale marked on maps - Berwood House, Broadfields and Montague House.

The Yenton was built on a plot purchased from the Grant family in the Spring of 1924, though additional land was leased from Birmingham corporation. Operated by Mitchell's and Butler's, The Yenton pub opened for business on September 21st 1928. Frederick Ryder was the first manager of the pub and it would appear that the post suited him perfectly for he stayed until 1956.

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This second image of The Yenton was captured on 30th January 1965. Stanley Sisley was the licensee's name above the door so the sign was late in being changed because William Freeman had been granted the licence for The Yenton on May 21st 1964. Stanley Sisley was married to Beatrice Sharrard in Birmingham in 1956.

The most obvious difference between this photograph and the one captured five years earlier is the addition of a Good Cellars outdoor shop which was built around one of the pub's entrance doors.

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In 2013 The Yenton still formed part of the retail arms of Mitchell's and Butler's and was a branch of their Sizzling Pubs brand.
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Licensees of this Pub
1928 - 1956 Frederick Herbert Ryder
1956 - 1962 Frederick Joseph Garrett
1962 - 1964 Stanley Wilfred Sisley
1964 - 1965 William Freeman
1965 - 1978 Robert Alexander Gibson
1978 - 1981 Stanley Kenneth Harrison
1981 - 1984 John Albert Dampier
1984 - 1988 Timothy Douglas Harwood
1988 - 1989 Charles Andrew Dallas
1989 - 1989 Paul Daniel Biddle
1989 - 1989 John Mason Harris
1989 - 1990 Raymond William Clayton
1990 - 1991 Kenneth William Matthews
1991 - 1993 Joseph Patrick Walsh
1993 - 1993 John Clifford Turner
1993 - 1997 Robert Newman
1997 - Michael David King

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Genealogy Connections
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Inn Sign
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This Mitchell's and Butler's signboard dates from 1990. Sadly, in 2013 there is no sign at The Yenton.

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Newspaper Articles

Erdington - Map showing The Yenton [1937]

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