History of the Old Crown in Sandwell Street at West Bromwich 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.


Old Crown
Old Crown

Some History of this Pub
The Old Crown.




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Licensees of this Pub
1940 - Oliver Bromley

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Gaston Bachelard
"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.”
Gaston Bachelard

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Édouard Manet "The Merry Beer Drinker" [1870's]

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Newspaper Articles
West Bromwich - Old Crown
"The manager of a West Bromwich pub which was the scene of fights and illegal lock-ins has been removed as licensing chiefs slapped the venue with strict conditions.

The licensing hours of the Old Crown in Sandwell Road have been cut after it was found to have staged lock-ins with as many as 100 people until as late as 4am.

The borough council’s licensing panel found the premises supervisor Maurice McLeod had flouted the law and caused a nuisance to residents by continuing to open late, and banned him from licensed activity.

Councillor Peter Allen, chair of the panel, said: "There were two licensing visits which revealed they were staging lock-ins, on one occasion they had more than 100 people and it was 4am."

"If people want to open late, they will have to get a licence. We were satisfied the premises was the cause of public nuisance. It took us more than three and a half hours to go through the review, and we thought this was the best result for residents."

Police logs showed a number of incidents of disorder and anti-social behaviour over the last few months. In one case on March 5th police were called at 1.48am after a 25 year-old man was injured by a glass.

Officers were called to reports of disorder on April 2nd at 3.22am; April 30th at 3.11pm, and to a fight on May 1st at 1.10am.

Police licensing officer Paul Bowles said: "We've had numerous calls from residents about excessive noise, and we found they were serving after hours. There was also a minor disorder from people leaving. These conditions are going to massively benefit residents and have a great impact on the community."

Hours have been reduced at the venue on Fridays and Saturdays to 10am 12.30am, and from Sundays to Thursdays the pub will now only be allowed to open from 10am - 11.30pm."

The pub was allowed to open for one hour before and after international sporting events, but that condition has been stripped from its licence. A noise limited device will have to be installed outside the venue within 90 days and doors and windows will have to be closed during licensed activity.

The review was a joint application from police and the council environmental health department."
"Licence ban slapped on boss of problem pub"
by Alex Homer in
Express and Star
August 16th 2011
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