Some history of the Roebuck Inn on the corner of Monument Road and Bellis Street at Edgbaston in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire


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The Roebuck Inn was located on the southern corner of Monument Road and Bellis Street. It was originally a beer house and remained so for at least a century.

Advertisement of a Light Horse Trap by Thomas Cook at the Monument Inn at Edgbaston in Birmingham [1864]

The tavern was certainly known as the Roebuck Inn in 1860s. There were two other beer houses just along Bellis Street. The above advertisement shows that the Monument Inn was kept by Thomas Cook in 1864. This tavern was located at No.24 Bellis Street. Located between Brighton Terrace and Monument Square, there was also the Star Inn.

Licensee of the Roebuck Inn during the mid-19th century, George Heafield was documented as a retail brewer so it is likely that the tavern was selling homebrewed ales. At this time the adjoining properties along Monument Road housed a grocery shop and bakery.

Map showing the location of the Roebuck Inn on the corner of Monument Road and Bellis Street at Edgbaston in Birmingham [1890]

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Matthew Horne succeeded George Heafield as publican. He had married Caroline Heafield, the licensee's daughter. She died at the early age of 22 in February 1879.

Birmingham : Roebuck Inn on the corner of Monument Road and Bellis Street at Edgbaston [c.1960]

The Hotchkiss family were in charge of the Roebuck Inn for a good chunk of the early 20th century. When they were in residence during the Edwardian period the tavern was operated by Rushton's Brewery Limited. The Aston-based firm were operating some 100 public-houses before the company was incorporated with Ansell's in 1922.

The son of a blacksmith, Joseph Hotchkiss, a former brewer, was born at Dudley Port in 1846. He and his wife Jane had previously kept the Cape Hotel on Spon Lane at West Bromwich. The publican lived to a good old age, finally checking out in October 1932. His son Arthur succeeded him as licensee of the Roebuck Inn. He remained for a couple of years before moving to the Old Moseley Arms on Tindal Street at Balsall Heath. Another son, Frederick, managed an off-licence and grocery store on Bradford Street.

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Licensees of the Roebuck Inn

1855 - George Heafield
1880 - Matthew Horne
1892 - Matthew Horne
1903 - Walter Harriman
1912 - Joseph Hotchkiss
1932 - Joseph Hotchkiss
1937 - John Roe
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.

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