Some history of the Yardley Arms
More information on the Yardley Arms to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Yardley Arms 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 Yardley Arms. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place. Or, you may have arrived here from a link in Worcestershire as Stechford, as part of Yardley, was once part of that county.
Licensees of this pub
1861 - Charles Aston
1901 - Joseph Jones
1917 - 1937 Herbert E. Kingham
1937 - 1938 L. Thornton
1938 - 1941 Albert Edward Ashley
1941 - 1945 Mrs. Martha Alice Ashley
1945 - 1949 Albert Edward Ashley
1949 - 1954 John James D'Arcy
1954 - 1958 Frederick Ernest Williams
1958 - 1984 Arthur Charles Davis
1984 - 1992 Frederick Jesse Payne
1992 - 1997 Ivan John Harris
1997 - 1998 Steven Charles England
1998 - 2000 Michelle Kellet
2000 - 2002 Rosemary Doherty
2002 - 2004 Anthony Pegg
2004 - Sharon Corrine Northall
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"Alfred Roberts, Watery Lane, Birmingham; Frederick Yorke, 28, Warner Street, Birmingham; and Arthur Gibbons, 2, back of 23, Allcock
Street, Birmingham, were charged at Acock's Green Police Court yesterday with breaking and entering the Yardley Arms Hotel, on March 21st, and stealing articles of
the value of £40. Roberts and Gibbons pleaded guilty, but asserted that Yorke was innocent. Yorke was discharged, and the other two prisoners were committed to the
Worcester Sessions. Joseph Vincent Jones, licensee of the Yardley Arms Hotel, said on March 21st he locked up as usual at ten o'clock. During the night witness and
his wife heard noises. When witness got out of bed for the third time to see what was the matter, he saw Gibbons on the landing coming towards the bedroom door and about
to enter. Witness went for him, but the man ran downstairs and got away. He then found that the place had been thoroughly ransacked. In the bar two windows were open, and
also the side door. The articles missing included a gun, grandfather clock face and works, bottles of brandy and port wine, silver spoons, metal cups, cigarettes and
tobacco, a quantity of electro-plate goods, boots and other articles. Witness afterwards found some of them in an adjoining field, and some on the bowling green at
the rear of the house, where a jemmy was also found. On March 26th he identified Gibbons among a number of other men as the one he saw at his bedroom door. The total value
of the stolen property was about £40 Inspector Milsom, after being informed of the affair, made a search, and in the adjoining field he found a bicycle hidden amongst
some cabbages and a number of articles under the soil. He removed the bicycle, but left the other things with Sergeant Brunton in charge. At eight p.m. the same day
Roberts and Gibbons were brought to Hay Mills Police Station and detained, and the next day Yorke was brought in to join them. In reply to the charge Roberts said:
"I know nothing about it." Gibbons said: "I am perfectly innocent," whilst Yorke said nothing. In the cells, however, Roberts said he would tell
witness all about it. Prisoner was warned, but made a statement and signed it, and said he wished Gibbons to know what he had done. Witness told Gibbons, who said,
"What Roberts has said is nothing to do with me. If he has done the job let him go through it. We went on the field at Robert's suggestion. Yorke is innocent.
That stuff was pointed out to us when we got on the field by Roberts. Yesterday morning Roberts and Gibbons both said, "We shall plead guilty, but Yorke is
innocent." Police Sergeant Brunton spoke to arresting Yorke, who pleaded innocence. Police Constable Oakey, who was set to watch the articles in the field, described
how Roberts came on the scene and was joined by Gibbons. Roberts went towards where the stolen property was hidden and started turning up the soil. Eventually, with the
assistance of Police Constable Gall [Stechford] the two were arrested. On the way to the station Gibbons said, "I thought we should have been had the same
morning. When we got into the Yardley Arms I drank a bottle of port wine and it made me bad. I went to sleep for an hour while Roberts took a clock to pieces. He woke
me up and I went upstairs, where I met Jones, the landlord. I did not stop to walk down - I tumbled." Gibbons and Roberts now said Yorke was innocent and that
it was a shame he should be kept in prison. Yorke called a witness to prove an alibi that he was in bed at the time of the burglary."
"Yardley Hotel Robbery"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : April 1st 1910 Page 4