History of the Square and Compass on Great Francis Street at Vauxhall in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.

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Some history of the Square and Compass

The Square and Compass, a beer house later known as the Compasses Inn, was located on the eastern side of Great Francis Street midway between Melvina Place and Alvina Place, two of the courts of back-to-back housing that characterised this part of Vauxhall, where hundreds of people lived in cramped conditions. It was almost as if the authorities named the courts with fantasy or mythical names in order to gloss over the fact that people were living a life of misery in the poorly-constructed houses in which they were expected to survive. But folks tend to make what they can of a place and this part of Vauxhall boasted some sense of local identity and pride. Furthermore, few of the notorious gangs made famous with the Peaky Blinders ventured into Vauxhall expecting to trounce over the locals. Vauxhall had some tough characters who staunchly defended their territory.

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Samuel Lapidus, a former chandelier-maker from Ledbury in Herefordshire, along with his Worcester-born wife Elizabeth were running the Compasses Inn during 1891. As a widower, Samuel was later manager of the Crown Inn on Church Road in Aston. His sons Henry and Edward later run several public houses.

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Licensees of this pub

1868 - Charles Edwards
1870 - William Clews
1873 - James Harris
1873 - Edward Fereday
1874 - Jane Bradley
1874 - Edwin Tottman
1891 - Samuel Lapidus
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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Map showing the location of the Square and Compass in Great Francis Street at Vauxhall in Birmingham [1937]

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