History of Handsworth in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.


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Some history on Handsworth

More detail on Handsworth to follow. In the meantime, I have uploaded a few photographs of the area, along with a couple of newspaper items.

By the way, there is a good case for this page to be included within the Staffordshire section of the website as Handsworth only formed part of Birmingham in 1911. Before this date it was a village and township in Staffordshire. However, for the purposes of this website, it possibly makes sense to include Handsworth within the Birmingham section. Since the area's rapid growth in the 19th century, Handsworth has been intrinsically linked with Birmingham.

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Greetings From Handsworth Edwardian Postcard [c.1906]

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Handsworth - Soho Road [c.1925]

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Brummagem Boozers

List of Pubs

Boulton Arms
Bull's Head
Calthorpe Arms
Crompton Arms
Cross Guns
Farcroft Hotel
Frighted Horse
Grand Turk
Handsworth Tavern
Highland Tavern
Lamp Tavern
Lord Nelson
New Inns
Old Engine
Pump Tavern
Queen's Head Inn
Red Lion
Royal Oak
Saddler's Arms
Uplands Hotel
Villa Cross Hotel
Waggon and Horses Inn
Why Not Inn
Witton Arms
Woodbine Tavern
Woodman Inn
Ye Olde Gate Inn

Ansell's Bitterman - You Can't Beat 'Em

Genealogy Connections

If you have a genealogy story or query regarding Handsworth you can contact me and I will post it here in addition to including your message within the website pages for Birmingham Genealogy.

Atkinson's Ales

Related Websites

Aston Brook through Aston Manor
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham History Forum
Birmingham Places and Place Names
Carl Chinn Archive
Handsworth History
Ladywood Past and Present
Perry Barr and Beyond
Winson Green to Brookfields

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Mitchell's and Butler's Traditional Cask Ales

Dare's - Perfect Beer

Ansell's Mild Playing Card

Mitchell's and Butler's Special Ale

Davenport's Traditionally Brewed Ales

Atkinson's Punch Stout

Be an Ansell's Bitterman

Mitchell's and Butler's - Good Honest Beer [1950 Advertisement]

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Mikhail Bakunin

"People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy."
Mikhail Bakunin

Newspaper Articles

"At the West Bromwich Police Court on Saturday, an old man named Samuel Dawson, sixty years of age, appeared to a summons charging him with having indecently assaulted a little girl named Ann Gallimore, twelve years of age, daughter of Mr. W. Gallimore, inspector of the paving way department, in the employment of the London and North-Western Railway Company. Mr. G. Watson appeared on behalf of the complainant, and Mr. Travis defended. It appeared from the evidence of the little girl that on Monday night at about eight o'clock she left home on an errand, and met the defendant, who had been in her father's employment for five years, near the Soho railway station. After inquiring where she was going he attempted to kiss her. Complainant said she should not be long before she returned and ran on; but after completing her purchases she was returning home another way, in order to avoid the defendant, as he had been guilty of misconduct towards her, previous to the present offence. The defendant, however, intercepted her on her return home near the railway bridge, and there behaved in an indecent manner towards her. He also extorted a promise that she would not tell her parents what had transpired. The girl, however, informed her parents of the nature of her grievances, and hence the present summons. The defendant subsequently saw complainant's father and entreated forgiveness. Mr. Travis argued for the defence that the defendant had hitherto borne an irreproachable character, and was a married man with a family. His instructions were that it was not an offence of so serious a nature as might be at first supposed, the defendant having been in the habit of frequenting the house of Mr. Gallimore, and fondling and petting the child. The Bench decided to take the case as one of a common assault, and imposed a fine on the accused of 20 shillings and costs, or in default twenty-one days' imprisonment."
"Indecent Assault"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : February 15th 1864 Page 7.