Some history of the Blue Ball Inn at Wood End in Shenstone in Staffordshire


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The Blue Ball Inn stood at Wood End on the east side of the Lichfield Road, a little north of Watford Gap and close to the old turnpike milestone or marker. In the 21st century an enlarged Toby Restaurant occupies the site of the old roadside hostelry.

Shenstone : Map extract showing the location of the Blue Ball Inn on Lichfield Road [1912]

In March 1940 the licence of the Blue Ball Inn was transferred from Randolph Boycott to Luke Dunkerley who was to manage the house for Mitchell's and Butler's, the Cape Hill brewery having recently acquired the pub. Luke Dunkerley moved here from the White Lion at Four Oaks. It was reported that Randolph Boycott was "well-known in the Lichfield district and had a meritorious reputation as a hackney showman at the leading shows in the country." He has been working in the licensed trade for over thirty years, the last twelve and a half years being proprietor of the Blue Ball Inn. For over 17 years, he had previously kept the King's Arms at Sutton Coldfield. After hanging up his bar towel for the final time he planned to live in retirement at Rosemary Hill, Streetly.

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More information on the Blue Ball Inn at Shenstone to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Blue Ball Inn 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 Blue Ball Inn. There is information on Staffordshire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.

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Licensees of the Blue Ball Inn

1834 - John Edkins
1868 - Joseph Newey
1912 - Joseph Newey Dexter
1928 - 1940 Randolph Boycott
1940 - Luke Dunkerley
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

Mitchells's and Butler's

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Mitchells's and Butler's : Traditional Cask Ales

Related Newspaper Articles

"A Shenstone labourer, William Patrick Mannion, [65], was knocked down by a motor-cycle near the Blue Ball Inn, Wood End, on Saturday, and died in Sutton Hospital the next day from a fracture of the skull, haemorrhage and laceration of the brain. The rider, Leslie Brough, 53 Don Street, Birmingham, was also injured and was taken to the hospital. The inquest on Mannion was opened on Tuesday and adjourned until November 5th."
"Shenstone Motor Fatality"
Walsall Observer and
South Staffordshire Chronicle
October 9th 1926 Page 11

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