Some history of the Compasses Inn on Alcester Street at Deritend in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire

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The Compasses Inn stood on the corner of Alcester Street and High Street Deritend, the tavern was officially part of the former so I have included it within my section for Alcester Street.

More information on the Compasses Inn on Alcester Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Compasses Inn 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 Compasses Inn. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.

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Birmingham : Sale of Fixtures and Fittings at the Dog and Partridge on Alcester Street at Deritend [1869]

Birmingham : Deritend High Street frontage of the Compasses Inn on Alcester Street [c.1930]

Henry and Mary Ann Melhuish kept this pub in the early Edwardian years. The couple moved here from the Villa Tavern at Lozells. Both houses were operated by Holder's Brewery Ltd. so it could have been an inter-company move. Mary Ann Melhuish died in early 1906. Two years later Henry married again, the ceremony with Elizabeth Ann Dawes taking place in August 1908 at St. Martin's Church. The couple may have installed a live-in manager or servant at The Compasses because they resided at No.39 Golden Hillock Road. However, around the end of the Edwardian period they moved out to Ward End to run Ye Olde Barley Mow. The couple only stayed at Ward End for a few years before they moved again, running the Hare and Hounds on Marsh Hill at Erdington. Henry and Elizabeth clearly liked their new location and remained there until the early 1930s. Elizabeth died in March 1932 by which time Henry had given up the pub game. However, together with his daughter Marion, he was recorded as a wine and spirits merchant at Gravelly Lane. He died at Western Road in March 1944 and left a little nest-egg to Marion who had married Thomas Wright Wilkinson.

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Licensees of the Compasses Inn

1802 - 1805 Mary Woolley
1805 - 1818 William Cooper
1819 - 1823 Richard Cooper
1823 - 1826 John Spencer
1826 - Joseph Skinner
1831 - Joseph Skinner
1835 - George Smith
1845 - William Ireland
1854 - William Ireland
1860 - J. Hillyard
1867 - John Hames
1867 - Elizabeth Bullivant
1875 - Henry R. Bickley
1905 - Henry James Melhuish
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

Holder's Ales & Stout

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Related Newspaper Articles

"If the beer machine, left by Thomas Averall, at the Compasses Inn, Deritend, is not fetched within three days, it will be sold to defray expenses."
"Notices"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : October 14th 1865 Page 3

"If the box and books, left by Charles Jackson, at the Compasses Inn, Deritend, is not fetched within three days, it will be sold to defray expenses."
"Notices"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : October 14th 1865 Page 3

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