History of the Stores Inn Off Licence 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.


Stores Inn
Stores Inn

Some History of this Pub
The Stores Inn.








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Licensees of this Pub
1903 - Benjamin Brown

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

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Charles Lamb by Henry Hoppner Meyer
"If I ever marry a wife, I'll marry a landlord's daughter, For then I may sit in the bar And drink cold brandy and water.”
Charles Lamb

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

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Newspaper Articles
"The West Bromwich Bench on Thursday discussed an interesting point. Mr. Caddick applied for the licence of an off beer house, known as the Stores Inn, Wood Lane, West Bromwich, to be transferred to Benjamin Brown, who it transpired, as an assistant schoolmaster at the Guns Lane Board Schools.

Mr Scattergood, one of the magistrates, commented upon this fact, and said he regarded it as a degradation to the profession for a schoolmaster to apply for a publican's licence. He could never give his consent to such a thing.

It was pointed out by Mr. Caddick that under the public house trust schemes clergymen would become the licence holders, and, if the Bench intended to refuse the application, he urged that they should consider whether the man was of good character.

Mr. Scattergood remarked that applicant's profession made him an unsuitable person to hold a licence. It the applicant gave up his position, he would grant the transfer at once.

The bench eventually retired, and after a lengthy deliberation, Mr. Scattergood announced that the majority of the Bench had decided that the applicant was a suitable person to become the licensee. As regarded himself, he considered it a great degradation for a schoolmaster, who had the teaching of children in his hands, to associate himself in any way with a public house. If he had any children who were taught by a schoolmaster who was also a publican he should remove them from the school at once."
"Schoolmaster as Publican"
in Worcester Chronicle 10th January 1903

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The Young Barmaid by Charles Sillem Lidderdale

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Public Bar Stained Glass

Woman Serving Beer

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