Some history of the Great Western Inn on Allcock Street at Deritend in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire
Standing a few metres from the Bordesley Viaduct, the Great Western Inn was located on the corner of Allcock Street and Hack Street. The railway line was to form part of the Birmingham and Oxford Junction Railway but was abandoned when the company was acquired by the Great Western Railway. The structure has been something of a white elephant for nearly 200 years.
Here the Great Western Inn can be seen on the corner of Hack Street, a thoroughfare formerly known as William Street. This used to connect with Lower Trinity Street but that part of the street has been lost. The road bends around under the railway arches but that used to be called Penn Street. The name of the pub also changed slightly over the years. When it first opened it was known as the Great Western House.
In the above photograph it would appear to be father and son stood outside the entrance to the bar of the Great Western Inn. The snug was accessed by an entrance on Hack Street. There were two more entrances fronting Allcock Street, one for the outdoor and one possibly for the smoke room.
The Great Western Inn is clearly marked on the corner of William Street, later Hack Street. Just along the street was the Allcock Street Board School, which opened for boys, girls and infants in 1875. The school was enlarged in 1887 and 1898. There was some reorganisation in 1933, the school being divided into two departments for junior mixed and infant children. However, the Infants Department was closed three years later. Attendance figures declined and the Junior Mixed Department was also closed in 1939, the remaining pupils being moved to the school in Floodgate Street School. Following World War Two the Allcock Street building was used by Saint Anne's R.C. School and Saint Michael's R.C. Secondary School.
"An enquiry was held at the General Hospital, touching the death of Henry Bate, blacksmith, Allcock Street. Deceased, who was 44
years of age, had lived apart from his wife for some time in consequence of his intemperate habits. On the 22nd ult. he was at the Great Western Inn, Allcock
Street, in company with John Devoy, to whom he said "Jack, let's have a bit of a jig." He laid hold of Devoy, and in turning round they fell to
the floor. Deceased was unable to rise again, having broken his right leg. He was at once taken to the hospital, while he died on the 20th instant. Mr. Hawkins, house
surgeon, said that soon after the deceased reached the hospital symptoms of delirium tremens appeared, from which he ultimately died. Verdict "Accidental
"Inquests In Birmingham"
Birmingham Daily Post : February 24th 1877 Page 8