Genealogy Forum for the Pubs, Inns, Taverns and Breweries of Warwickshire for Family Researchers, Local Historians and Genealogists
Anchor Inn : Stratford-on-Avon
I am trying to trace John Ayres who lived at The Anchor Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon about 1955. His father owned and operated the pub for
many years before that date and was well known in the town. If you can give me any information about John and or his father this would be appreciated.
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 27th 2021.
I have not looked into this historic tavern so, at present, I have no information for you regarding John Ayres or his wife Margaret. I am fairly
sure that when his father Alfred Ayres was the licensee the building was operated by Flower and Sons Ltd.
so he was probably a tenant rather than owner.
Clarendon Arms : Kenilworth
I would appreciate any information regarding the landlord of the Clarendon Arms at Kenilworth
during World War 2 and possibly just afterwards, as I believe he was my grandfather, Mr. Nicholls.
Roger Wood, Coventry
May 17th 2006.
The Clarendon Arms was indeed kept by Alexander and Margaret Nicholls during the Second World War. Born in January 1879, he had worked as a barman in
London before marrying Margaret Mitchell at Wandsworth in January 1904. When the couple were living in Battersea he was employed as a railway guard. They remained in
the Battersea area until the inter-war years when they moved to the Midlands. Alexander Nicholls died in March 1946 and his wife Margaret passed away during the
James Innes Wilson : Sutton Coldfield
I am researching my family history and am presently trying to put together the life of my grandfather, James Innes Wilson. My father never talked about
his father and my grandfather died before I was born. I know that my grandfather died in Birmingham
in August 1940. I have been able to locate only one record of a person with this name who died at this time. In the deaths register he had been living at No.75 Highbridge
Road, Sutton Coldfield and the occupation was given as a brewer's engineer. Would there be any records available in any archives where I could research and find which
brewery he worked at and any other relevant information?
Lossiemouth, Scotland, August 29th 2009.
Sutton Coldfield is not a million miles away from the many breweries that were located in Aston so perhaps your grandfather commuted to work. In which case
you have quite a task determining the brewery at which he worked. As far as I know there was no major brewery in Sutton Coldfield so Aston seems the most likely. Birmingham
City Archives does have some material for Ansell's brewery but I am not sure if this includes details of employees. I have looked at No. 75 Highbridge Road in the
previous year and, indeed, it was occupied by James Innes Wilson. In this year he was recorded as a general gardener. Interestingly, in brackets it also states that he
was formerly a Colonial Civil Servant. He was born on November 20th, 1882. I have found records for a James Innes Wilson leaving Liverpool bound for Argentina 
and the Falkland Islands  - possibly the same person given his listed occupation. Recorded as a farm manager, he arrived back in Liverpool in November
1924, along with Jean Innes Wilson. Another avenue of exploration for you is a newspaper article dated December 1949 which records the death of Jane Robertson. She was
recorded as the widow of James Innes Wilson, late of the Falkland Islands. She died at No.1 Dundonnie Street in Boddam, the residence of her son Arnold James Innes
Wilson. Indeed, Arnold was listed on the boarding records of 1914, the 2 year-old sailed on the steamship Ortega. I believe that this James Innes Wilson was formerly
a travelling school teacher, later appointed the first resident magistrate of South Georgia. He held this post until 1914 when he subsequently worked as the manager of
Fox Bay East sheep farm.