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A lovely photograph of the Forest Hotel at Dorridge, though when the building was erected this was still technically known as Knowle. Indeed, the railway station across the road was originally known as Knowle Station, then Knowle and Dorridge, before a change to the current Dorridge.
There was little development in Dorridge until the Birmingham & Oxford Railway Company constructed a line through land owned by the Muntz family of Umberslade Hall. Legend has it that the family only sold land to the railway company providing that a station was built at Knowle. The original station opened in 1852 and this acted as the impetus for the Dorridge Building Estate in which parcels of land were sold to developers. The land on which the Forest Hotel was built was sold in 1860. Three years later, the licence for the Forest Hotel was granted. The first publican was Charles Lyons who also acted as an agent for Ind Coope.
This inter-war photograph shows the hostelry in the livery of Atkinson' Brewery Ltd. of Aston in Birmingham. The image is produced using an original photograph which, though limited in size, is a rare surviving visual document of the period.
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