Latest Web Activity
• A look back at the Market Vaults,
at Tamworth, an ancient building and once run by the Mayor.
Added : October 18th 2019
• Review of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships,
held in Yorkshire and featuring plenty of pubs and beers.
Added : October 5th 2019
• Beginning of a Coastal Pub Tour,
starting from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.
Added : September 23rd 2019
• A visit to The Mayflower,
a historic London tavern that is the only pub licensed to sell postage stamps.
Added : August 15th 2019
• A look back at the Why Not Inn,
a former beer house associated with the mining industry on the edge of the Black Country.
Added : June 8th 2019
• Some history of the New Inn,
a former beer house in a nail-making hamlet connected with the Ancient Order of Druids.
Added : May 23rd 2019
• A look back at the Loyal Lodge,
a pub housed in one of the oldest buildings of Halesowen.
Added : May 20th 2019
• An overview of Holt, Plant and Deakin,
a short-lived but glorious exercise in Black Country revivalism.
Added : May 19th 2019
• A quick look into the story of the The Trumpet,
a noted Bilston Jazz pub since the mid-1960s selling Holden's beer.
Added : April 20th 2019
• Pubs and the Silver Screen - some information the Golden Arrow,
an early 1960s house at Olton near Acock's Green and Solihull.
Added : April 14th 2019
• Very small amount on the Stork Hotel,
an outpost of William Butler and Co. Ltd. amid the sea of Birmingham brewery-owned pubs.
Added : April 4th 2019
• One family have run it for over 100 years but there is still some other stories for the Railway Inn,
a pub that most think is in Dorridge.
Added : March 27th 2019
• Some history of the Boot Inn,
a pub that benefited from turnpike and canal trade at Lapworth in Warwickshire.
Added : March 25th 2019
• The American frontier and the Shakespeare Theatre features in the story of Flower and Sons Ltd.,
a brewery that was eventually absorbed into the Whitbread empire.
Added : March 24th 2019
• The Mason's soft drinks master plan was hatched at the Warwick Arms,
a pub that had a life of less than fifty years.
Added : March 17th 2019
• A pub run by the man who turned Winson Green into a Monopoly board and his son who is remembered at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Read more on the Wheatsheaf Inn,
a pub sadly lost to proposed road widening.
Added : March 15th 2019
• A pub and brewery linked to Lord Byron and Bicycles! Oh, and Spaghetti Junction.
Here you can read about a former Mayor, Knives and Forks, along with Baptists - not to mention the Ukraine.
Added : March 14th 2019
• Two pubs for the price of one when looking back at the Hyde Arms,
a Ladywood pub located on the corner of Hyde Road but sadly closed in the 1960s.
Added : March 9th 2019
• The story of the Yorkshire Grey,
a pub that was HQ to Birmingham's third professional football team that almost everybody has forgotten.
Added : March 8th 2019
• A little history on the Lee Bridge Tavern,
a pub where women were not allowed downstairs!
Added : March 3rd 2019
• Step back in time to see life at Mitchell's and Butler's
at Cape Hill during the Spring of 1953 in the run-up to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Added : March 1st 2019
• A history of the British Queen,
an award-winning pub that was once an important brewery tap.
Added : February 27th 2019
• A history of Big Bull's Head,
with 12,000 words on one boozer taking pub research onto a new level!
Added : February 15th 2019
• A description with background history of Digbeth,
a thoroughfare that has seen murder, riots, knife fights in an early Indian restaurant, a civil war battle, floods and a lot more.
Added : February 10th 2019
• A short history of the Coppersmiths' Arms,
a building that was originally part of a factory, then a pub, and later a school. Finally bombed in the Second World War.
Added : February 7th 2019
• A brief look at the Old Bowling Green Inn,
a Leicester pub that has also traded as the Fullback and Firkin and The Polar Bear. Follow the link to find out why the latter name was applied to the pub.
Added : February 3rd 2019
• The story of T. Hoskins Ltd.,
the Leicester brewery that went through a rather traumatic period before being wound up.
Added : February 2nd 2019
• A brief history of Everard's Brewery Ltd.,
the brewery that moved from Leicester to Burton but returned in later years.
Added : February 1st 2019
• Launch of page for Leicester,
in order to create a framework for some pub histories.
Added : February 1st 2019
• A look at A. B. Row,
regarded by many as the shortest street in Birmingham.
Added : January 30th 2019
• Some footballing history can be found within the story of the Villa Tavern, a
Lozells boozer with connections all around the country.
Added : January 27th 2019
• Some history of the Shepherd's Hut, a
former beer house in Ewelme at the foot of the Chilterns.
Added : January 12th 2019
• Some history of Hitchman & Co. Ltd., a
brewery based at Chipping Norton that lost its independence in 1924.
Added : January 10th 2019
• Some history of Hunt Edmunds and Co. Ltd., a
brewery based at Bridge Street in Banbury.
Added : January 8th 2019
• Looking back at the Hare and Hounds
at Marsh Hill, a pub that was demolished in 2017.
Added : January 1st 2019
• Some history on Holder's Brewery Ltd.
of Birmingham, a brewery intertwined with the story of music hall.
Added : December 18th 2018
• Some history with maps and plans of the Navigation Inn
on Wharf Street in Birmingham.
Added : December 6th 2018
• History and terrific photograph of the New Inn
on Villa Street in Lozells.
Added : December 2nd 2018
• Some history of Samuel Allsopp and Sons Limited,
once one of the giants of brewing at Burton-on-Trent.
Added : November 29th 2018
• Some history of Ind Coope Ltd,
an important brewery of the region despite originating down south.
Added : November 29th 2018
• Some history of the King's Arms,
a canalside pub at Knowle in Warwickshire with audio and video links.
Added : November 28th 2018
• A small amount of history on the Hockley Brewery,
a company based at Nursery Terrace and acquired by Showell's Brewery Co. Limited towards the end of the 19th century.
Added : November 25th 2018
• A bit of history on the Crown Inn
on Villa Street in Hockley, with audio version.
Added : November 21st 2018
• Some history of Frank Myatt Limited, a
brewery based at Raglan Street in Wolverhampton.
Added : November 19th 2018
• Some history of Birmingham through 19th century trade
Added : November 16th 2018
• A bit of history on the Guildford Arms
on Farm Street in Hockley, now with audio version.
Added : November 10th 2018
• A meander around Bridgnorth,
calling into a couple of pubs en-route to the Long Mynd.
Added : October 19th 2018
• Great Toscana beer at Diorama,
a neat little micropub in Firenze.
Added : October 11th 2018
• Excellent beer in Oro Birra,
a relatively recent addition to the flourishing craft beer scene in Torino.
Added : September 22nd 2018
• We have found the Worst Pub in London,
where they insist that American Pale Ale should taste like vinegar.
Added : September 22nd 2018
• Struggling to find The Fall and Sonic Youth on the pub jukebox at The Lamb at Holborn,
a fine old tavern connected with literature down the years.
Added : September 21st 2018
• Musings on the Tour of Britain at Nuneaton
featuring an all-star line-up of top world cyclists.
Added : September 11th 2018
• Review of Sunday night at the Moseley Folk Festival 2018
in Birmingham where they ran out of beer!
Added : September 10th 2018
• Review of the Queen's Head at
Wordsley where the Welsh brewers rocked the guest ales list.
Added : September 9th 2018
• Visiting Boscobel House and The Royal Oak at Boscobel House.
Added : September 8th 2018
• A tour of pubs and churches in the Teme Valley in Worcestershire.
Added : August 29th 2018
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 ultra-rare images featured on the site. I have hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs which will be made available, along with an online shop where you will be able to purchase high-resolution downloads of images.
The website is currently undergoing a transitional phase during which pages are being re-formatted into secure encrypted files with a https address. Navigation on the 'new' pages is simplified by the use of five buttons at the top left-hand corner of every page. You can click on these to return to the homepage, access the site menu, send a message or browse the website's social media pages. To further facilitate easy navigation, a directory is placed beneath these buttons so you can see exactly where you are within the website.
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.
Does anyone remember the days when men used to get dressed to go to the pub? When they'd 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.
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!