History of Pubs and Breweries of the Midlands Region

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Does anyone remember the days when men used to get dressed to go to the pub? When they would have a laugh but remain within decent guidelines? When men would show deference to the licensee? When they would offer their seat to a woman or an elderly guy? When they wouldn't swear every other word? When they didn't stop the conversation because they had a tweet to read or a mobile call to take? When they didn't wear hoodies and nip in the toilets to score? When they knew they'd had enough? When they knew how to put the young whippersnappers in line for playing up in a public house? This website goes some way to remember those days.

Men Drinking in a Pub [c.1954]

The website is not all about blokes and flat claps and every effort is made to discuss the provision of drinking spaces for different sexes. And here is where the women's audience come in - it would be great to hear about your experiences of drinking in a boozer. Or maybe you have a viewpoint on the role of pubs and the sexual divide? Whatever your opinion, it would be great to hear of your stories and experiences. By the way, here's one for the whippersnappers ... in the below photograph those aren't i-phones in their protective covers, they are spectacle cases!

Women Drinking Beer

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Come and join us in the Virtual Pub

Click on the above image to visit a virtual tavern in which pub lovers discuss beers, breweries, current pubs, old inns or history over a glass of ale - just have one next to you as you type. Meet and chat with other folks in the virtual pub or ask a question for one of the experts to answer. The pub has some licensees, brewers, genealogists, historians and owners of photographic archives, along with lots of enthusiastic and dedicated pub lovers. Please note also that all website updates and news items are posted in the virtual pub first. It is free and fun so don't miss out.

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About This Website

Embracing many of the interests of one individual, the key aim of this website is to record and preserve the histories of the pubs, inns, taverns and breweries of the Midlands' region. There is an emphasis on Birmingham and the Black Country, however other towns and places are featured. Consequently, you will find sections on other counties of the Midlands' region, though maybe not in such great detail.

The website is a great resource for those interested in public-houses and breweries but also offers a wealth of information for those researching social history and genealogy. There are thousands of images and hundreds of maps and plans for you to browse and enjoy. Considerable effort and expense has been employed in order for web browsers to have the benefit of all the resources available to me. For example, the below interior photograph of the Royal Oak at Amblecote, along with the exterior view of the Anchor Hotel in Cradley Heath [see below], are two of the many rare images featured on the site. I have hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs which will be made available, some of which are from other parts of the country.

Amblecote : Tap Room of the Royal Oak Inn [1958]

The website is currently undergoing a transitional phase during which pages are being re-formatted into secure encrypted files with a https address. Navigation is simplified by showing your location within the website at the top of each page. There is a drop-down menu on the homepage to start your journey. I am also building a site map in plain text for further assistance finding material. Enjoy your wandering around the site.

Cradley Heath : Anchor Hotel [c.1947]

Although some effects have been deployed to make the site a visually enjoyable experience, great effort has been made to ensure that the pages will download relatively quick and can be viewed on most browsers. All pages have been validated at W3C so hopefully you will be able to enjoy the site no matter what machine or mobile device you are using, no matter what browser you have and will fit on most screen resolution settings.

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