Some history of the White Horse Cellars on Constitution Hill at Hockley in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire


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The White Horse Cellars was located on the corner of Constitution Hill and Northwood Street. Replacing an earlier White Horse, this building, dating from around 1890, is thought to be the only known public-house that was designed by the eminent architect Julius Alfred Chatwin, though the Old Joint Stock was later converted into a pub. He was responsible for many of Birmingham's new churches, along with additions to existing ecclesiastical buildings. His legacy in Birmingham is considerable. For example, he was reponsible for many of the buildings on Colmore Row.

Birmingham : White Horse Cellars on Constitution Hill [c.1930]

Another oddity of the White Horse Cellars is that it was once operated by Flower and Sons Ltd., the brewery based at Stratford-on-Avon. This is most unusual for Birmingham. The property was later acquired by Mitchell's and Butler's. Paying the sum of £1,250, the Cape Hill brewery first leased the property on April 18th, 1916. The company later acquired the freehold for £3,100 from the exectutors of J. P. Foster on September 15th, 1936.

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Birmingham : Sale of the White Horse Cellars on Constitution Hill and the Sea Horse on Buck Street [1878]

More information on the White Horse Cellars on Constitution Hill to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the White Horse Cellars 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 White Horse Cellars. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.

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Licensees of the White Horse Cellars

1839 - John Chamberlain
1845 - John Davenport
1858 - Charles Dixon
1878 - Charles Flavell
1888 - James Weston
1901 - James Thomas Lees
1908 - Joseph Wright
1921 - Waldron Joseph Wright
1935 - William John Fisher
1935 - 1938 Gwyn Sladen Evans
1938 - 1947 John Allan Pope
1947 - 1952 Joseph William Wilson
1952 - 1954 Thomas Alexander Johnson
1954 - 1958 Edwin Percy Bennett
1958 - 1959 George Rabone
1959 - 1960 Albert Frederick Coffey
1960 - 1962 Walter Hulme
1962 - 1963 Thomas Henry Chapman
1963 - 1970 James Arthur Twigg
1970 - 1972 Emilio Chincotta
1972 - 1978 John Lindeay Grazuck
1978 - 1984 Thomas William Rachel
1984 - 1985 Christine Margaret O'Reilly
1985 - 1986 Denis Patrick Mooney
1986 - 1987 Jean Elizabeth Benson
1987 - 1988 Jan Walczak
1988 - 1990 Carol Rosalind Hood
1990 - 1991 John Patrick Archer
1991 - 1995 Loretta Therese Barrett
1995 - 1995 Donald William Ward
1995 - Loretta Therese Barrett
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. The listing for 1935 to 1995 is complete and accurate as these names are sourced from licensing records and brewery property books. These records are hand-written and I have done my best to transcribe them accurately, though some scribbles of the clerks can be hard to determine.

Mitchells's and Butler's

Mitchells's and Butler's Plate

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Related Newspaper Articles

"The greatest revolution in modern history was that caused by the railway movement. Stage coaching, though scotched, has never been killed. The game was kept alive by a few enthusiasts from the White Horse Cellars. Tomorrow, however, the stage coach is to supersede the railway in carrying certain mails. The terms of the Brighton Company being too high for the Post Office, Mr. Raikes has arranged with the proprietors of certain coaches to convey the night mails to the Queen of Watering Places by road. The first coach will depart tomorrow, and the event will be marked by an enthusiastic demonstration by the coaching people and others interested in horse flesh."
"A Revival of Stage Coaching"
Birmingham Mail : May 20th 1887 Page 2

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