History of The Nelson 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.


The Nelson
The Nelson

Some History of this Pub
In this photograph taken in May 2013, the pub has posters in the window stating that The Nelson is 'Now Open.' suggesting that the pub had been closed for a period. It was good to find that the pub was still trading. There were once a number of pubs in Portway Road but The Nelson was the only survivor. Amid the remains of an old industrial part of Wednesbury, The Nelson was located on the corner of Hobbins Street, a thoroughfare that, although now fenced off to the right of the building, can still clearly be seen.

The Nelson at Wednesbury [2003]

A sign for Banks's beer can be seen to the top left of the photograph, showing that this pub was part of the Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries Ltd. portfolio. The building has a neat symmetrical frontage. This is probably a rebuilt public house as it does not seem to date from the early 19th century when the pub appears in early trade directories for Wednesbury, though it is possible that an older structure lurks beneath an upgraded exterior.

Simeon Constable was the licensee in the mid-1840's. A local man, he kept The Nelson with his wife Syndania who hailed from Wiltshire. Simeon Constable had formerly run the Commercial Inn on Wednesbury's High Street; he returned to the town centre after his spell in Portway Road when he took over the George Inn.

Former forge worker James Farley kept the Nelson Inn for a lengthy spell during the mid-19th century. Born in Darlaston in 1814, he served ales to the locals with his first wife Hannah and, later, with his second wife Emma Jeffries. The Walsall-born woman succeeded him as licensee following his death in 1880.

Another publican to remain at the helm of the Nelson Inn for a long period was Frederick Astbury. He would have had a lot in common with many of his customers for he had spent his early years working as an axle turner across the railway tracks at the Brunswick Works.
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Licensees of this Pub
1842 - Joseph Taylor
1845 - Simeon Constable
1850 - William Goss
1861 - James Farley
1865 - James Farley
1872 - James Farley
1880 - Mrs Emma Farley
1892 - Mrs. Mary Lloyd
1904 - Charles Griffiths
1912 - Frederick J. Astbury
1932 - Frederick J. Astbury
1940 - George Rose

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Genealogy Connections
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Plan Showing the Nelson Inn on Portway Road at Wednesbury [1889]
This detailed plan from 1889 shows the Nelson Inn on the corner of Hobbins Street.

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Black Country History in Old Photos
Black Country Society
Wednesbury History Society

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Horatio Nelson
"My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
Horatio Nelson

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Comic Postcard - Ours is a Nice House

Banks's Imperial Mild Ale [1960's]

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Public Bar Stained Glass

Woman Serving Beer

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