History of the Brickmaker's Arms at Netherton in the county of Worcestershire. 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.


Brickmaker's Arms
Brickmaker's Arms

Some History of this Pub
This pub was located in Chapel Street in the area of Primrose Hill. The house would appear to pre-date the naming of Chapel Street when, in the 1841 census, it was described simply as part of the "houses between Halesowen Road and Cradley Road at Primrose Hill."

The naming of the building seems to point to the publican at this time; the licensee was the brickmaker Alexander Hughes who kept the pub with his wife Hannah. She was his second wife. Born in Brierley Hill in 1785, he had married Mary Simkiss at Kingswinford in the summer of 1806. His marriage to Hannah Lester was conducted at Edgbaston in 1822.

Pigot's trade directory of 1842 lists Alexander Hughes as a beer retailer rather than a publican so it would appear that the Brickmaker's Arms started as a beer house.

Following the death of Alexander Hughes in 1848, the licence passed to his wife Hannah. Her step-son John Hughes would later run the nearby Trust to Providence in Washington Street.
Copyright. Posted on 3rd January 2012
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Licensees of this Pub
1835 - 1848 Alexander Hughes
1848 - c.1855 Hannah Maria Hughes
1854 - Thomas Poole
c.1870 - c.1881 David Thomas
c.1881 - c.1884 Elizabeth Thomas
c.1884 - c.1892 Mrs. Louisa Thomas
c.1892 - c.1906 Richard Kirby
1915 - Emma Knight
1917 - John Edward French
1917 - 1922 Samuel Cashmore
1922 - 1923 John Green
1923 - 1923 Frank Davis
1923 - 1924 Benjamin Butcher
1924 - 1924 William Bernard Keeling
1924 - 1927 Joseph Groome
1927 - 1930 William Bache
1930 - 1931 David Arthur Darby
1931 - 1933 Wilfred Sims
1933 - 1941 Joseph Smith

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