History of the Cottage Spring at Wednesbury 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.


Cottage Spring
Cottage Spring

Some History of this Pub
Located at Hill Top, the Cottage Spring is technically a West Bromwich pub but it is listed in Wednesbury too just in case of overlap etc. This particular Cottage Spring was erected on a large site on the corner of Cookhay Lane and Schofield Avenue, a movement away from the pub's former location further up Crookhay Lane where it meets Witton Lane.

The Cottage Spring at Hill Top [2013]

Rebuilt by Mitchell's and Butler's, the pub has the appearance of being a post-war estate building. However, the history of its predecessor much further back in time. The old beer house was a welcome house of refreshment for those who toiled in the nearby Crookhay Iron Works. There was a charcoal manufactory on the other side of Witton Lane so the Cottage Spring would have benefited from those who were engaged in this enterprise. Spiritual refreshment could be sought at the neighbouring chapel.

Joseph and Mary Dickens kept the Cottage Spring in the 1870's. Born in Wednesbury in 1806, he former coal miner married Mary Butler in 1828. He is recorded as a retail brewer at Witton Lane Square in the census of 1851; possibly the Cottage Spring's address at that time.

Widow Elizabeth Munday kept this Hill Top beer house at the time of the 1881 census. She had previously run the Albion Inn at Wall Heath with her husband John and, following his death in 1878, took over the licence of the Albion Street pub. She moved to the Cottage Spring and shortly afterwards married Thomas Timmins. The couple would later operate a number of public houses in the Black Country.

The Cottage Spring at Hill Top [2013]

I stumbled on a newspaper article detailing a garter competition held at the Cottage Spring in 1971 - it was the 1970's folks! The event was organised by the licensee's wife, Mrs. Ann Holdstock who apparently was herself a bit of an expert at making garters. The competitors included Mrs. Kath Ferguson, Miss Avril Wood, Miss Brenda Shakespeare, Mrs. Holdstock, Mrs. Margaret Ford, Mrs. Gert Price and Mrs. Flo Coley. Avril Wood [pictured on the right] was judged to be the winner with Brenda Shakespeare [middle] second, and Flo Coley third.
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Licensees of this Pub
1872 - Joseph Dickens
1881 - Elizabeth Munday

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

Map Showing the Cottage Spring at Crookhay Lane at Hill Top [1890]
This map extract dated 1890 shows the area around the junction of Witton Lane and Crookhay Lane at Hill Top. The modern pub was built where part of the iron and steel works is shown here. Other documentation points towards the old Cottage Spring being located on the road junction where Crookhay Lane meets Witton Lane.

Links to other Websites
Black Country Bugle
Black Country Gob
Black Country History in Old Photos
Black Country Society
Wednesbury History Society

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Mitchell's and Butler's Traditional Cask Ales

1950 Advertisement for Mitchell's & Butler's

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