History of The Albion at Wednesfield in the county of Staffordshire.


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Some history of The Albion at Wednesfield

Re-named The Lancaster in June 2017, this large public house stands on the corner of Lichfield Road and Stubby Lane. When the Mitchell's and Butler's pub opened in the 1930's it was known as the New Albion as Wednesfield had an Albion pub in New Street for many years. The building may have opened in 1939 for in this year there were advertisements for bar staff in August which offered a room within the living accommodation along with a wage of 25 shillings. This date would correlate with the availability of new housing in Stubby Lane where "an excellent selection of modern houses" were to let from 13s. 6d.

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The Lancaster on Lichfield Road at Wednesfield [2017]

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Newspaper Articles

Birmingham Daily Post : October 18th 1893.

Mitchell's and Butler's Cape Hill Brewery [c.1920]

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Licensees of this pub

1988 - Graham Perry
2006 - Mo Layland
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

Mitchell's and Butler's Logo

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Mitchell's and Butler's Traditional Cask Ales

Inn Sign

Inn Sign of The Lancaster on Lichfield Road at Wednesfield [2017]

Advertisement for The Albion on Lichfield Road at Wednesfield [1988]

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Mitchell's and Butler's Black Satin Stout Poster [c.1962]

Mitchell's and Butler's Sam Brown Ale Beer Label

Mitchell's and Butler's Brew XI Beer Mat

Mitchell's and Butler's Good Honest Beer Advertisement

Mitchell's and Butler's Black Satin Sweet Stout

Mitchell's and Butler's Pale Ale

Newspaper Articles

Jean Hassell and Daughters at The Albion in Wednesfield

"A great grandmother who has celebrated her birthday in the same pub for 64 years has toasted her landmark 90th at the same Black Country boozer - with her first ever pint. Year after year Jean Hassell has shunned fancy restaurants or trips to the theatre on her big day to visit the Albion pub in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, where she enjoys her regular tipple, half a lager shandy. And yesterday was no exception, but this time Jean drank her first pint of beer - a Carling. She said: "I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it, I certainly wouldn't normally have it, but today is a special occasion." Popular Jean was joined by friends and family for the big party. She has been a regular at the Lichfield Road pub for more than six decades. Landlady Mo Layland, who has been the manager of the Albion for nine years, said: "She is a wonderful lady and we're so glad to have her here."
"Birthday Party in Pub"
by Mark Douglas
in Express & Star : February 9th 2006 Page 5.

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E. M. Forster

"The Germans are called brutal, the Spanish cruel, and the Americans superficial, and so on; but we are perfide Albion, the island of hypocrites, the people who have built up an Empire with a Bible in one hand, a pistol in the other, and financial concessions in both pockets."
E. M. Forster

Mitchell's and Butler's Cape Ale

Mitchell's and Butler's All-Bright Ale

Mitchell's and Butler's Family Ale

Mitchell's and Butler's Nourishing Stout

Mitchell's and Butler's Export Pale Ale

Mitchell's and Butler's Special Ale

Newspaper Articles

The Albion on Lichfield Road at Wednesfield

"A pub in Wolverhampton is to change its name in tribute to seven airmen killed in a horror air crash in the city - just days after the end of the Second World War was declared. The Albion pub in Wednesfield has been closed since last Monday for a complete revamp and will re-open later this month under its new name, The Lancaster, recalling the crash of a bomber plane nearby which saw all on board perish. The Lancaster had been on a routine flight when it began losing altitude and crashed on Lichfield Road on May 17th, 1945. The tragic accident, just nine days after VE Day, left a five-foot crater with wreckage spread over two miles. The airmen on board, none of whom were over 24, are thought to be the only servicemen killed in Wolverhampton during the Second World War. After the crash, the wreckage and remains of the crew, all from East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, were bulldozed into the crater and a local minister performed a simple funeral ceremony. Some regulars have questioned the name change on Facebook. One said: "It will always be known as the Albion. Even years ago when it changed to the Harvester, people still called it the Albion." On the 70th anniversary of the crash two years ago, the Wednesfield Historical Society and the town's St Thomas's Church organised a remembrance service. A campaign was also launched to secure funding for a permanent memorial at the site. The names of the airmen that died were Ronnie O'Donnell, John Sills, Bernard Hall, Victor Meade, Gordon Rabbetts, Reginald Smith and Vincent Southworth. The bomber came from Lincolnshire on a routine training flight before it crashed to the ground. The Express & Star covered the crash with eye witness accounts of the crash and a picture showing firefighters spraying water into the smouldering crater. In the article, Express & Star driver Joe Castree said: "It passed right over me and there seemed to be two explosions in the air before the crash. I ran to the spot immediately but it was impossible for me to do anything as there was just a lot of wreckage scattered over a wide area and no signs of any members of the crew. Bullets were exploding and flares were going off." Another eye witness believed the crew may have sacrificed their lives to avoid killing children playing on the King George playing field, where the plane could have landed. As the Lancaster went down four bricklayers on the road some distance away were blown to the ground and had to be treated for shock. The pub in Lichfield Road will re-open on June 21st at noon."
"Pub Changes Name in Tribute to Airmen"
by Marion Brennan
in Express & Star : June 13th 2017 Page 15.