History of the Anchor Inn at Aldridge in the county of Staffordshire. 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.


Anchor Inn
Anchor Inn

Some History of this Pub
Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn at Aldridge [c.1928]

This photograph was taken around the late 1920's and shows the Anchor Inn with the livery of Atkinson's; the adjacent Swan Inn was also operated by the company





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Licensees of this Pub
1834 John Barnett
1851 John Done
1861 Joseph Bradley Smith
1868 Mrs. Maria Smith
1872 William Howse
1880 William Howse
1896 Walter Nicholls
1902 Walter Nicholls
1902 William Wallis
1912 Hiram Croxall
1932 William Charles Bartbarn

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Genealogy Connections
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1884 Map Extract showing Aldridge Village Centre
This 1884 map extract [which can be purchased in its entirety online at Mapseeker], shows the centre of Aldridge where the High Street meets Walsall Wood Road, Anchor Road and Leighswood Road, the latter going north-west to Northwood Villas and Stubbers Green.

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Aldridge Local History Society
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Roy Blount Jr
"A good heavy book holds you down. It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic.
Roy Blount, Jr.

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Newspaper Articles
"At the Police Court on Tuesday, Walter Nicholls, landlord of the Anchor Inn, Aldridge, was charged with permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises, and also with selling intoxicating liquor to a drunken person. Mr. A. J. Glover prosecuted on behalf of the police, and Mr. H. H. Jackson defended. The case against the defendant was that at about 9.10pm on the 9th ult., Police-constable Collins saw a man named Frank Daley, a bricklayer, of Aldridge, leave the house in a drunken condition. The officer cautioned him, and advised him to go home. Daley, however, returned to the house, where he was afterwards found by the police. In defence, it was urged that there was no evidence of supplying, and that there was nothing in the man's condition to indicate that he was drunk. A fine of 40s., and costs, amounting in all to 3.17s.6d., including solicitor's fee, was imposed on the charge of permitting drunkenness. The other charge was dismissed. The man Daley was fined 10s. and costs for being drunk on the premises."
"Licensing Prosecution at Rushall"
Licensed Trade News 4th January 1902

"At Rushall, William Wallis of the Anchor Inn, Aldridge, was summoned for permitting drunkenness and for supplying a drunken person on the 28th ult. Mr. J. S. Sharpe prosecuted, and Mr. S. A. Newman defended. The case for the prosecution was that Police Constables Collins and Evans saw a trap in charge of a man named Plant driven up to defendant's house. With Plant was another man named James Hayes, who was very drunk, and had to be held in the trap because of the way in which he swayed about. Both men entered the public house, and the police, on following them twenty minutes later, found Hayes, whose drunken condition was very apparent, leaning over the counter drinking a glass of rum, while the landlord stood opposite to him. Mr. Newman complained strongly of the way in which the police had acted, which he urged was un-English, as the constables knowingly allowed a man they considered to be drunk to enter licensed premises, and another officer tried to strengthen the case by endeavouring to get the landlord to incriminate himself. Evidence was given for the defence that Plant only was supplied, but that Hayes afterwards came in, and was given the rum by Plant. The Bench imposed a fine of 3 and 2.19s. costs on the charge of selling to a drunken person."
"Aldridge Publican Summoned"
Licensed Trade News 24th May 1902

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