Some history of the Brush Makers' Arms on Cheapside in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire


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The Brush Makers' Arms was at No.5, on the south side of Cheapside at the 'town' end of the thoroughfare.

Birmingham : Brush Makers' Arms on Cheapside [1965]

NOTE : for John James Hill see Woodman Inn on South Road at Sparkbrook, and also the Queen Inn on Wenman Street in Balsall Heath.

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Birmingham : Sale of the Brush Makers' Arms at Cheapside [1855]

Letterhead of Frederick Smith's Model Brewery at Aston [1950s]

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Licensees of the Brush Makers' Arms

1841 - James Peake Smallwood
1849 - Robert Harvey
1855 - Henry Rattlidge
1858 - John James Hill
1876 - Alfred Trueman
1878 - Charles Whitworth
1880 - Henry Phillips
1888 - William Frederick Jones
1890 - Leonard Phillips
1892 - Edward Dunn
1937 - Thomas Goldie
1937 - John William Sly
1951 - Charles Edmund Barratt
1953 - Croydon Best
1965 - Stephen James McHale
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub. The dates of early licensees are sourced from trade directories, census data, electoral rolls, rate books and newspaper articles. Names taken from trade directories may be slightly inaccurate as there is some slippage from publication dates and the actual movement of people.

Poster Advertisement for William Butler and Co. Ltd. of Springfield at Wolverhampton in Staffordshire

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Related Newspaper Articles

"At the Public Office, yesterday, [Tuesday,] before the presiding Magistrates, plasterer named James Dockery, living in Cheapside, was placed at the bar, charged with stealing two planes, belonging to Henry Tye, hinge-maker, Barford Street. Tye was in the Brush Maker's Arms, Cheapside, at five o'clock on the preceding morning, and was drinking in company with Dockery and three other men. He put the planes on a screen in the tap room, and missed them about six o'clock. The prisoner Dockery had left before he missed them. Tye went out of the house with the other men, and on speaking to them about the planes, and communicating his suspicions that Dockery had stolen them, they attacked him in a most brutal manner, throwing him down and splitting open the back of his head by kicking him with their hob-nailed boots. He was covered with blood, and rendered by their illusagc almost insensible. Subsequently Dockery was apprehended by Detective-Officer Poole, and charged with steahng the planes. He stoutly denied knowing anything about them, but when about being searched, he exclaimed, "It's use telling a lie, I did pledge them, and here's the pawn ticket." The duplicate was produced, and Poole was thereby enabled to recove the planes, which it appeared had been pledged for 2s. by the accused immediately after the robbery. The Magistrates committed the prisoner tor trial at the Sessions. Neither of the fellows by whom Tye was so inhumanly mal-treated have been apprehended."
"Stealing Planes"
Birmingham Journal : March 4th 1857 Page 2

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