Some history of the Crown and Anchor in Watery Lane at Bordesley in Birmingham in Warwickshire


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The Crown and Anchor was located on the eastern side of Watery Lane, north of Keeley Street and close to the bridge spanning the Grand Union Canal.

Birmingham : The Crown and Anchor on Watery Lane at Bordesley [c.1936]

An inter-war photograph of the Crown and Anchor on Watery Lane at Bordesley, something of a "Peaky Blinders" pub where, at times, gangs fought and caused general mayhem. The name of the pub was derived from its close proximity to the Britannia Wharf on the Grand Union Canal.

The Crown and Anchor forms part of the story of Dare's Brewery.

See Villa Tavern.

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More information on the Crown and Anchor on Watery Lane to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Crown and Anchor 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 Crown and Anchor. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.

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Licensees of the Crown & Anchor

1866 - Thomas Gilbert
1866 - Samuel Morris
1866 - 1867 Matthias Wagner
1867 - 1868 Joseph Whitehouse
1868 - 1873 John Dare
1873 - John Purshouse
1878 - Mary Bennett
1940 - Reginald James Pinchin
1949 - 1953 Charles Albert Wright
1953 - 1954 Desmond William Lee
1954 - 1955 Arthur Norman Bowser
1955 - 1956 Ronald Francis Hemmings
1956 - 1956 Harold John Taylor
1956 - 1957 Michael Alfred Burke
1957 - 1960 John Henry Harrison
1960 - 1962 Frederick William Brown
1962 - 1963 Francis Patrick McElroy
1963 - 1966 Gladys Mary Maunder
1966 - 1967 Patrick Calum Smyth
1967 - 1968 Patrick Thomas McCann
1968 - 1968 Geoffrey Frederick Chapman x
1968 - 1969 Frederick Robert Reid
1969 - 1970 William Ernest Gardner
1970 - 1970 Patrick Joseph Bicheny?
1970 - 1970 Raymond Alfred Sadler
1970 - 1971 Clara Amelia Hoccom
1971 - 1971 Irene Marina Ford
1971 - 1981 Stanley Twitley
1981 - 1983 Theresa Mary Murphy
1983 - Kathleen Anne Murray
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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Related Newspaper Articles

"Mr. Hawkes held an inquiry on Saturday at the Crown and Anchor, Watery Lane, on the body of a boy named James Isaac Barratt [9], 5 Court, Watery Lane, whose dead body was found in the canal near Watery Lane. On Thursday deceased was sent by his mother to collect coal which had been upset from the boats on the canal side. Shortly afterwards his basket was found on the side of the canal, but deceased could not be found. Information was given to the police, and the body waa found in the water. The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned."
"Death From Drowning"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : November 19th 1877 Page 5

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