History of the Struggling Monkey 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.


Struggling Monkey
Struggling Monkey

Some History of this Pub
Struggling Monkey






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Licensees of this Pub
2007 Mark Rose

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Genealogy Connections
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Links to other Websites
Aldridge Local History Society
Black Country Bugle
Black Country Gob
Black Country History in Old Photos
Black Country Society

Not One to Mix with the Riff-Raff in the Bar

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Winston Churchill
"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Winston Churchill

Work in Progress

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Newspaper Articles
"A father told he would never work again after serious injuries in a car accident has become a pub landlord. Mark Rose was involved in an horrific crash in France in 1990 but has since recovered from head injuries, a broken shoulder, broken ribs and a dislocated jaw. Doctors told him he would never walk again, work or have children and on all three counts he has proved them wrong. Now the 42-year-old, with wife Michelle and daughters Kelly, eight, and Hannah, three is preparing to re-open the Struggling Monkey, in Aldridge, Walsall, next Friday. The pub in Northgate, was closed in mid-January after the former landlord left. Mark, who plans to turn it into a thriving community pub, says the trade runs in the family. His parents, George and Pat, ran The Four Seasons nearby, which is now awaiting demolition. After 12 months looking for premises he said: "I drove past the pub on the Sunday, looked around on the Monday, brought Michelle over on the Tuesday and by Wednesday it was mine. I have signed a 21-year lease so we're here for the long term." Mark, originally of Bridgnorth said doctors told him there were so many things he would never do after the accident "but they were wrong.
"Crash victim Mark back to run a pub"
Express and Star February 2nd 2007

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Beer and Pipe Smoker

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Best Room and Snug

The Young Barmaid by Charles Sillem Lidderdale

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Edwardian Barman

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Public Bar Stained Glass

Woman Serving Beer

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