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Worro, I like a whole host of things such as cycling, drinking beer, history, architecture, photography, music and cinema. My interests and passions are all featured within this website in no particular order. I hope you find something you like.

Note : you will not find the West Midlands on this site. As I focus on historical material I do not recognise the Local Government Acts of 1972 and 1974. So, if you are interested in the Black Country have a look at my Staffordshire and Worcestershire sections. Same rules apply when I am cycling in other parts of the UK. For example, If I write about Liverpool I am in Lancashire not Merseyside.

Warning : if I find you have copied any material on this site, be it text or images, I will come after you. I have put in the hours, took the photographs, paid for the historical images, and presented it online for people to enjoy NOT to steal and take the credit.

Watermarks : Sadly, due to Muppets half-inching my images and posting them on other platforms, I have been forced to place watermarks and logos on my images. This sucks, but blame the idiots not me.

Integrity : if, like me, you are tired or annoyed by some of the drivel you read in local history books and online, I can promise that the information on this site is, to the best of my knowledge and efforts, accurate. Have a look at my methodology for more information. If you prefer twaddle I suggest you head off to a social media site.

Offensive : I was born on Lye Waste so I am as rough as they come. I am a straight-talker and not afraid to swear. In fact, I like swearing. If you are going to be offended by such language DO NOT ENTER.


Recent Additions

Update Some history on the Three Crowns at Rockcliffe in Cumberland. Read how, in 1852, a message in a bottle from the ill-fated RMS Amazon turned up at the pub.

Update A look back at the Blooming Heather at Rockcliffe in Cumberland. This page features the rather gruesome but titanic struggle between two men and a giant sturgeon.

Update Scant information but some notes on the Boat House Inn at Rockcliffe in Cumberland. The former tavern still has a board featuring an ode to Honest Will the ferryman.

Update Some notes on the Metal Bridge Inn at Rockcliffe in Cumberland. The page includes photographs of the iron bridge used by Thomas Telford in 1820 to span the River Esk.

Older Stuff

Update A look at the Horse and Groom on Great Portland Street at Fitzrovia in London. This is not my neck of the woods but I could not resist looking into this pub. Forget the nonsense you may find out there - this is the 3rd building on this site. A previous structure was destroyed by fire in which three people died. Oh, and it is much older than others say - it was trading in 1761.

Update A review of the rather wonderful House of Bird, a brewery tap, tasting room and restaurant, located near Diemen, around six kilometres from the centre of Amsterdam.

Update I have had a go at debunking the myths and some of the twaddle to produce some of the facts behind the Spaniard's Inn at Hampstead Heath in London. It is such an interesting building it is a shame it is such a rubbish pub.

Update Some rare photographs of Great Charles Street at Birmingham coupled with plenty of information. I particularly like the Church Parade of the Birmingham Tramway Men.

Update Podcast episode for the Black Swan Hotel on Bromsgrove Street, a beautiful pub swept away in the 1970s. Hear about the erudite publican who held debates in the club room and another who died in a bizarre fashion.

Update A potted history of Showell's Brewery Company Limited at Langley in Worcestershire.

Update I made a start on a page for Moseley Road at Birmingham with some previously unpublished photographs.


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