History of the Old Coach and Horses at Woodside, Dudley in the county of Worcestershire


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Some History on the Old Coach and Horses Inn at Woodside

Located in Woodside, the Old Coach and Horses Inn had the 'Old' in its title to distinguish it from another Coach and Horses, also located on the Stourbridge Road. The original pub was gutted by a fire and demolished. The replacement building opened in 1965.

The earliest reference I have seen for the Old Coach and Horses Inn is a notice in a newspaper dated February 17th, 1830 in which Freeman Phibbs announced that his wife, Hannah Maria Phibbs, had left him and that he was not answerable for any debt she may contract after the date of separation.

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The Old Coach and Horses at Woodside [2003]

Wall Sign of the Old Coach and Horses at Woodside [2003]

Licensees of this pub

1830 - Freeman Phibbs
1843 - Christopher Maguire
1854 - Sampson Ingram [1854]
1855 - Thomas Pearson
1865 - David Smith
1878 - Samuel Share
1899 - Charles Broadhurst
1907 - 1915 Samuel Jabez Jewkes
1915 - 1933 John Arthur Swann
1933 - 1937 Arthur Phillips
1937 - 1952 Walter Ernest Lloyd
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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Sunday School Procession at Woodside [1912]

This Sunday School Procession Parade is marching in the direction of Brierley Hill from the Church of Saint Augustine of Hippo at the main crossroads at Woodside. Held in July 1924 on this occasion, the parade was part of the Sunday School Festival which staged two processions - one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Between there would be a service in the park unless, of course, it was chucking it down with rain. There would also be an evensong service at 18.30hrs. This image affords a glimpse of the former Coach and Horses Inn that fronted Stourbridge Road. At this time the pub was run by John Arthur Swann.

Inn Sign

Inn Sign of the Old Coach and Horses at Woodside [2003]

I took this photograph in 2003 when the pub had this rather nice painted sign. Unfortunately, I forgot to make a note of the artist who signed off the board but I cannot quite make out the name on my photograph.

Related Websites

Black Country Bugle
Black Country Gob
Black Country Society
Dudley and South Staffordshire CAMRA
Dudley Archives and Local History Service
Worcestershire County Council

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Newspaper Articles

"On Saturday afternoon Benjamin Hill, aged 16, of Holly Hall, was killed in No. 1 Pit, Woodside Colliery, Messrs Cochrane's by being crushed by a cage descending upon him whilst at work. An inquest was held on Wednesday at the Old Coach and Horses Inn, Holly Hall, before Mr. R. J. Watts, coroner, when it was shown that Hill had plenty of room to work in, but incautiously placed himself below the cage. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."
"Colliery Fatality"
County Express, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Kidderminster, and Dudley News
June 14th 1879 Page 18.

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