Some history on Amblecote in the county of Staffordshire

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Amblecote once boasted a large number of licensed houses, only a few of which remain. This section of the website covers the former Urban District of Amblecote which, through increased development of housing, boundary changes and overlap, has perhaps been forgotten. I have reproduced a map dating from 1958 to highlight the district.

Map of the Urban District of Amblecote in Staffordshire [1958]

The River Stour formed a large part of the boundary and continued as far as Stambermill before heading up to Amblecote Bank and Withymoor. The boundary then went westwards to Dennis Park and along Brettell Lane. Note that the boundary went down the middle of Brettell Lane so all the properties on the north side of the road were part of Wordsley and historically under Kingswinford. Consequently, despite the perception that the Red Lion on Brettell Lane is in Amblecote, it is actually a Wordsley pub. This may seem odd but I have tried to stay within the old boundary lines. Actually, I normally adhere to parish boundaries and indeed this was a little different but, hopefully, this map helps to make things clear - - ish.

Amblecote Perambulation

Amblecote Photographs

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Related Newspaper Articles

"On Sunday morning last, as three young girls were going across the fields that lie between Amblecote church and Brierley Hill chapel, they were overtaken by a man smoking his pipe. As soon as he had passed them they observed a quantity of smoke proceeding from the right-hand pocket of his coat, but took no notice of it till, after few minutes longer, the smoke began to increase so much that one of them observed that the man's pocket must be on fire; they accordingly hastened on to inform him of it, but before they could overtake him he had discovered it himself. It appeared that he had previously put his lighted pipe in his pocket, which had set it on fire, for upon examining it the lining was all consumed, his pocket handkerchief burnt nearly to tinder, and a large hole burnt through his pocket, which consisted strong velveteen."
"Caution to Smokers"
Worcestershire Chronicle : December 27th 1848 Page 5.

Banks's Brewery Poster Advertisement

Mitchells's and Butler's Export Pale Ale Beer Label

Batham's Brewery Poster [c.1940s]

Ansell's - The Better Beer

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