History of the King of the Road on Farm Street in Newtown in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.

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Some history of the King of the Road on Farm Street

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The King of the Road on Farm Street [2002]

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Licensees of this pub

1970 - 1971 Ansell' Brewery Ltd.
1971 - 1980 Edgar John Norris
1980 - 1995 Hetty Jean Morris
1995 - 1997 Mary Ann Gonnon
1997 - Charles O'Donnell
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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Inn Sign

Inn Sign of the King of the Road on Farm Street in Newtown Birmingham [1975]

Inn Sign of the King of the Road on Farm Street in Newtown Birmingham [2002]

In 1971 Ansell's Brewery sacrificed the licence of the Woolpack in Summer Lane in order to open the King of the Road fronting Farm Street and Hospital Street amid the new housing development in Newtown. The pub's site was close to the former Lucas factory on Great King Street in neighbouring Hockley. Born in 1834 in Carver Street, Joseph Lucas started his own business in the 1860's selling paraffin oil for lamps. Joseph Lucas moved into production manufacturing his own lamps and it was the "King of the Road" cycle lamp that brought the fledgling company great success. Designed by Harry Lucas and first used on Penny Farthing bicycles in 1878, the "King of the Road" lamp was granted a patent shortly afterwards and, following the formation of Joseph Lucas and Son, the "King of the Road" Lion became the company's trademark in 1884. Enjoying considerable success in the early bicycle boom years, Joseph Lucas Ltd. capitalised on the birth and growth of the automotive industry. The second signboard is a later sign when the pub formed part of the Alehouse Company brand. In this illustration the driver has booted one of the car lamps as the road surface is rather bumpy. The sign, however, couldn't hold a candle to the earlier design for Ansell's.

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E. L. Doctorow

"It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
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