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 above interior photograph of the Royal Oak at Amblecote, along with the below exterior view of the Anchor Hotel in Cradley Heath, 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 I have hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs which will be made available, along with an online shop where you will be able to purchase high-resolution downloads of images.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. I may drop in a search box in the future.
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 ... those aren't i-phones in their protective covers, they are spectacle cases!