Tavern Check for the Belvoir Inn at Nottingham
Tavern Check for the Acorn Inn at Ladywood
Tavern Check for the Lamp Tavern at Handsworth
Tavern Check for the Nag's Head at Abingdon
Tavern Check for the New Inn at Charlton Kings
Tavern Check for the Pack Horse at Wolverhampton
Tavern Check for the Park Inn at Headless Cross
Tavern Check for the Royal Oak at Birmingham
Tavern Check for the Star Inn at Netherton
Tavern Check for the Vine Inn at Stourbridge
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Many publicans issued their own tokens during the 19th century. Indeed, this was a fairly common practice in taverns and beer shops. Most of those issued in Birmingham and the Black Country were made by local diesinkers and stamping workshops.
Also serving the role of advertisements, these tokens were generally called checks. The publicans name was also stamped on the check. This would mean that that it could only be spent when he was the licensee - if you turned up just after the publican had left the pub you were out of pocket because the new gaffer would not honour it.
Checks existed for all values
between 1d and 3d - ale in the mid-late 19th century was 2d or 3d a pint. 2½d
was the price of a bottle of stout. Checks were one publican's method of
ensuring their money came back over the counter. Another incorrigible method was
to establish an agreement with local foremen to pay his workers in the pub on
Saturday evenings. This sort of activity was rife in areas like Digbeth where
large numbers of migrants used popular drinking houses as places to seek labour.
The temptation to launch into a heavy drinking session with fresh pay proved
irresistible to many labourers and the publican would pay the foreman a
'kickback' for such sales.