History of the Rising Sun on Suffolk Street in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.

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Some history of the Rising Sun

The Rising Sun was located on the western side of Suffolk Street, a few doors up from the junction of Severn Street. The building was almost opposite The Wheatsheaf. In the 21st century the site of the pub is occupied by a slip-road in front of The Mailbox. The public-house was lost to the enlargement of the Worcester Wharf Goods Station operated by the Midland Railway. The company made an application to Parliament in 1881 to extend their line to New Street Station. When work on this project commenced, the Midland Railway then applied to compulsory purchase property and land between Suffolk Street, Severn Street, Wharf Street, and the Worcester Wharf. This resulted in the purchase of eight licensed houses in the affected area with four licences being abandoned. The Rising Sun clung on until the end of the 1880s when it finally went.

Birmingham : Gooch Estate Plan showing location of the Rising Sun on Suffolk Street [1875]

I have not researched the Rising Sun in great detail but I have posted a few bits and bobs here. The earliest record I have found for the Rising Sun is the licence register for 1802 which recorded Joseph Gunn as the licensee.


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Birmingham : Location of the Rising Sun on Suffolk Street [2011]


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Licensees of this pub

1802 - Joseph Gunn
1807 - Elizabeth Chattock
1808 - Samuel Whickham
1812 - James Lewis
1814 - John Eustace
1821 - Ann Eustace
1825 - Joseph Bradshaw
1845 - Henry Tailby
1867 - Job Hancocks
1867 - Henry Turner
1886 - John Edwards
1888 - Edmund Currier
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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Related Newspaper Articles

"The eleventh anniversary of the United Brothers' Lodge, No.21 was held on Monday evening last, at Mr. H. Tailby's, Rising Sun, Suffolk Street, when upwards of eighty members and friends partook of a most sumptuous dinner, provided in the worthy host's usual style of excellence. The meeting, which was a most happy and convivial one, was ably presided over by Mr. Kennedy, who was efficiently supported by Mr. Oram acting as vice-chairman. Mirth, good fellowship, and the "joyous song," enlivened the whole assembly until a late hour, when they separated, expressing themselves highly delighted with their evening's diversion."
"United Brothers' Lodge, No.21"
Birmingham Journal : February 23rd 1850 Page 8

"The anniversary dinner of St. Crispin's was held on Monday last, at Mr. Hancox's, the Rising Sun, Suffolk Street, when about one hundred members and their wives sat down to a sumptuous repast, which was provided by the worthy host; and after the cloth was removed, Mr. E. Clowes being called to the chair, a very pleasant evening was spent."
"Anniversary Dinner"
Birmingham Daily Post : October 29th 1863 Page 4

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