Some history of The Compasses on Brearley Street at Hockley in Birmingham in Warwickshire


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The Compasses was a fully-licensed house on the south corner of Brearley Street and the eastern side of Great Russell Street.

A concert room was mentioned in an article discussing The Compasses in 1859.

During the Edwardian period the pub traded as The Wrexham, part of a branding exercise in which many public-houses across the region were bestowed with this name by Peter Walker & Co Ltd. The company, which had moved from Wrexham to Burton-on-Trent, was acquired by Atkinson's Brewery Ltd. in 1925 - hence the 1930s photograph here featuring the livery of the Aston brewery.

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

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Licensees of The Compasses

1845 - Miss Emma Gilbert
1868 - Joseph Wilson
1883 - Edwin Southall
1890 - William Milner
1905 - Joseph H. Barrell
1913 - James O. Mann
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

Atkinson's Ales - Held Up As The Best!

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Related Newspaper Articles

"At the Compasses Inn, Brearley Street West, on Thursday last, an inquest was held before Dr. Birt Davies, Coroner, on the body of Mr. William Jenks, spectacle-maker, Great Russell Street, who committed suicide by hanging himself on the previous day. For some weeks past his habits had been somewhat intemperate. On Tuesday night he returned home at a very late hour. Next morning he was left alone in the house, and when the inmates returned the unfortunate man was found in his bedroom suspended by a nail from the ceiling. On the dressing table lay a knife, with a clot of blood upon it, and a small puncture had been made in his left arm, as if the deceased had attempted to open a vein and had failed. The jury, after hearing the above facts, returned a verdict of "suicide in state of insanity."
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : January 11th 1858 Page 2

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