Some history of the Oddfellows' Arms
The Oddfellows' Arms stood on the eastern side of Adams Street, on the corner of Richard Street. Unlike the other taverns in the original Adam Street, the Oddfellows' Arms was a fully licensed house from its inception.
This aerial view shows the Oddfellows' Arms on the corner of Richard Street. There are a number of children playing in the street on a bright sunny day. I wonder if that is the publican outside too? The image below provides a better glimpse of the setting of this tavern.
Although surrounded by industry and the large gas works, there was plenty of housing around the pub during the inter-war years. The factory on the same side of Adams Street [bottom-right of photograph] had been expanded by the time of this image. It had formerly been the Anchor Works, the brass-foundry of George Wells & Co. This factory was taken over by Taylor, Law and Co. Ltd., and, taking the first two letters from both names, became the Tala Works. This company were very successful in the production of kitchenware, particulary tins and bread bins. Many an employee working in this factory would have enjoyed a drink or two at the Oddfellows' Arms at the end of their shift, or maybe a sneaky one at lunchtime.
The Tala Works backed onto the Windsor Works in Windsor Street where, rather than metal-bashing, wood-carving took place in a factory that had formerly been the Windsor Iron Foundry. In the aerial photograph a line of railway trucks can be seen on an open space. The factory next to this was the Mitre Mills which backed onto the canal close to Aston Locks. Almost opposite, and visible from the Oddfellows' Arms, was a Board School that had an entrance from Dartmouth Street.
Joseph Perkins was probably the first landlord of the Oddfellows' Arms. He and his wife Caroline were certainly running the place in the mid-1840s. The house was busy enough for them to hire two servants. As a widower in the 1870s he was helped by his daughter Louisa. They eventually moved to the Rose and Crown on Great Lister Street where Joseph died in February 1891. By this time Louisa had married Patrick Nally.
The Oddfellows' Arms became part of the tied estate of the Holt Brewery Company.
More information on the Oddfellows' Arms in Adams Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Oddfellows' Arms from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on the Oddfellows' Arms. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
Licensees of this pub
1845 - Joseph Perkins
1871 - Joseph Perkins
1892 - John Benbow
1892 - James Farrell
1911 - Mrs. Mary Ann Farrell
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"Henry Murphy , labourer, of Aston Road, and William Ralph Higgins , labourer, of 64 Moland Street, were charged with
being drunk and refusing to quit the Oddfellows' Arms, Adam Street, and Murphy was further charged with assaulting Police Constable D21. Murphy was sent to gaol for a
month with hard labour, and Higgins was fined 5s. and costs, or in default seven days' imprisonment."
Birmingham Mail : January 25th 1887 Page 3