Some history of The Beehive
More information on the Beehive at Old Hill to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Beehive 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 Beehive. There is information on Rowley Regis and Staffordshire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
To many people who grew up and lived in Old Hill during the 20th century, The Beehive was simply an off-licence. However, it is was once a public house until its conversion to an outdoor. I have memories of the place, though I cannot recall shopping there - there were, after all, other off licences closer to home. And in my early years I actually lived at an off licence.
Licensees of this pub and off-licence
1911 - Abel Siviter
1919 - 1960 Joseph James Slater
1960 - Leslie John Hart
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.
Have Your Say
If you would like to share any further information on The Beehive - perhaps you shopped here in the past? Or maybe knew a previous publican? Whatever the reason it would be great to hear of your stories or gossip. Simply send a message and I'll post it here.
Related Newspaper Articles
"Henry Howell, was charged , with assaulting Emily Letts, wife of Harry Letts. landlord of the Beehive Inn, Old Hill. ,
with refusing to quit licensed premises,  with being drunk and disorderly in the highway,  with doing wilful damage to property belonging to Emily
Letts. Mr. Tinsley, Dudley, defended. Mrs. Letts said that on the 11th inst. defendant came to her husband's house and asked for a bottle of soda water. He was very
drunk so she refused to serve him. He then said that he should demand a drink and immediately jumped over the counter and struck her in the face. Her husband, who had
been outside, at this period came in and defendant asked to be served with a drink. Mr. Letts also refused to serve him and ordered him to leave the house. He refused,
however, and some men endeavoured to prevent him from striking her again. He then left the bar room and went into the smoke room and soon afterwards she heard a crash,
and subsequently found that a pane in the smoke room door and a drinking glass had been broken. She estimated the damage at about 2s. 6d. Henry Letts corroborated.
Samuel Hughes said he saw the defendant leap the counter and demand a drink, and when refused, he saw him strike Mrs Letts. Other evidence was given in support of these
charges. P.C. Beech said that on the 10th inst. about 9.45 he saw the defendant drunk and heard him making use of very bad language. He was bleeding from the face and
there was a mark on his forehead. Mr. Tinsley for the defence, said unfortunately he should have to ask the Bench to rely on the defendant's statements, as he had no
witness. He submitted that the damage was not proved, as there was no one who actually saw defendant break the glass. He also submitted that defendant jumped over the
counter to escape the taunts of some men who were in the bar room, and contended that Mrs. Letts might have been knocked in the struggle which took place when the man was
ejected. He could scarcely combat the charge of refusing to quit, but he suggested that there was undue violence used in ejecting the man, and this would perhaps account
for his state of mind when seen by P.C. Beech. The Bench fined defendant 20s. and costs for the assault, 10s. and costs for refusing to quit, the costs and 2s. damage for
malicious injury, and 10s. being drunk and disorderly."
"The Brutal Murder at Old Hill"
Birmingham Daily Post : January 16th 1878 Page 6