History of the Albion Hotel or Old Contemptibles on Livery Street in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.


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Some history of the Albion Hotel

More information on the Albion Hotel or Old Contemptibles on Livery Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Albion Hotel 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 Albion Hotel. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.

Birmingham : Advertisement for the Albion Hotel on the corner on the corner of Livery Street and Edmund Street [1873]

Note : Fred Simnett had previously kept the Bell Inn on Lozells Road.

Birmingham : The Old Contemptibles on the corner of Livery Street and Edmund Street [2002]

Birmingham : Interior of the Old Contemptibles on the corner of Livery Street and Edmund Street [2010]

Licensees of this pub

1946 - 1963 William George Cheese
1963 - 1966 Bernard Dunn
1966 - 1967 Walter James Lacey
1967 - 1968 Patrick Joseph Lucy
1968 - 1969 Joyce Margaret Lucy
1969 - 1978 Bernard Kenneth Green
1978 - 1980 Philip John Arrowsmith
1980 - 1982 Andrew Robert Hall
1982 - 1987 Francis McLiddy
1987 - 1989 Leslie William Cole
1989 - 1990 Kenneth Hatton
1990 - 1998 Andrew James Powderhill
1998 - 2000 Stephen Michael Hands
2000 - 2001 Nathasha Lewis
2001 - 2001 Antonia Coll Burrows
2001 - 2002 Darren Robin Self
2002 - Beverley Wisdom
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.


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Mitchells's and Butler's

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Inn Sign

Birmingham : Inn Sign of the Old Contemptibles [2002]

I took this photograph in 2002 and there is no need for me to discuss the sign as I am reproducing some material from an articled published in 1953 regarding the original version of this signboard and the re-naming of the pub to The Old Contemptible - an S has been added since 1953.

Mitchell's & Butler's : Bruce Bairnsfather seen beside his painting The Old Contemptible [1953]

"History was made on 31st January last when the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Alderman W. T. Bowen, performed a re-naming ceremony at "The Albion" Livery Street. As a compliment to the members of the Old Contemptibles' Association who have been meeting here for the past 25 years, it was decided to rename the house "The Old Contemptible." A sign, designed by Bruce Bairnsfather, and depicting a typical British Tommy of the Kaiser's War, was unveiled by the Lord Mayor to the strains of "Tipperary" heartily sung by the assembled company of old soldiers, whose lungs of brass, trained on the barrack square, proclaimed them to be very far from fading away.

Mr. Lawrence Mitchell, who presided, revealed that the change of name was the suggestion of Councillor E. H. Richardson, Secretary of the Old Contemptibles' Association, and said that the Company was proud to institute a permanent memorial to a grand body of men. The timing of the renaming ceremony was particularly appropriate, as it coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the foundation of the Association, and the house had been its headquarters during the whole of that period. Mr. Lawrence said that so far as could be ascertained, this was the first house to be called "The Old Contemptible."

Mitchell's & Butler's : The Old Contemptibles Guard of Honour [1953]

After the unveiling of the sign, Mr. Bruce Bairnsfather gave an amusing account of the events that led up to the creation of "Old Bill" during his service in the front line trenches. His short breezy talk revealed that, had he not become a successful artist, he might well have topped the bill at The Hippodrome. Not the least impressive part of the proceedings was the inspection by the Lord Mayor of a Guard of Honour provided by members of the Association. While spectators huddled together in the biting wind, the parade of old comrades, many without hats or coats, stood stiffly to attention, disdaining the whirling blizzard as unworthy of their notice. Five of our colleagues from Cape Hill, who were in the parade, Hoppy Walker, Charlie Matthews, Mickey Austin, Harry May and Tom Conniff were joined by an ex-servant of the Company, Billy Hart. On the conclusion of the formal part of the proceedings, the members of the Association enjoyed a grand spread, and over a pint or two of good honest beer, were able to re-live many of the good old days way back in 1914. It was a memorable day for these grand old veterans, and enabled them to realise that their deeds of valour in the very early days of the first World War had earned enduring remembrance."

Related Newspaper Articles

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"Mr. Frank Stokes"
Birmingham Daily Post : March 21st 1957 Page 15

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