Some history of the Waggon and Horses Hotel on Lewisham Road at Smethwick in the county of Staffordshire.
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"The Smethwick police have been informed of a burglary which was committed during the night of the 9th inst., at the premises of the
Waggon and Horses, Lewisham Road, Smethwick, kept by Joseph Haden. It is stated that early on Saturday morning some workmen passing the house noticed that one of
the windows was open, and aroused the inmates. It was then found that during the night one of the window panes had been broken, the catch unfastened, and the
premises entered and searched. Three pounds of thick twist tobacco, several boxes of cigars, and a quantity of cigarettes had been taken, of the value of 24s.
The thief or thieves had been evidently disturbed during their marauding, and must have hurriedly left, for a jemmy was found in one of the rooms. The affair is
Smethwick Weekly News : August 17th 1901
"Regular customers at a Smethwick public-house are complaining that the inn is being taken over by Indians and have asked that one
room should be kept for white people only. The request, in the form of a 125-signature petition, has been sent to the West Midland conciliation committee of the
Race Relations Board, whose chairman, Mr. Oscar Hahn, visited the inn, the Waggon and Horses, Lewisham Road, on Monday night. Mr. Hahn said last night that the
difficulties first started when Indians complained to the committee that one room was being kept for whites only. "We investigated this complaint and found no
substance in it." he said. At the same time, there was no question of the committee upholding the request of the white people. "It cuts right across what
we are here for," he said. He said that this was not the first time that the committee had dealt with a racial problem raised by white people. Mr. Hahn
continued: "Services must be available to white and coloured people on equal terms. But I am convinced that a solution can be found to this problem within
the Race Relations Act." "This voluntary segregation has worked extremely well for several years now." Mr. Joe Grainger. of Cambridge Road,
Smethwick, said. Mr. Grainger, who has used the public-house for 40 years. said that in the past everybody had been happy with the situation whereby white people
stayed in the assembly room. "There has been very little trouble in the past, since the coloured regulars obviously want to stay in the rooms with their friends.
But now some organisations are deliberately inciting these people to come into the assembly room - particularly just on closing time - to see if they can
get drinks there." He added that "the coloured people themselves have admitted that this is the case." The licensee of the Waggon and Horses, Frederick
Fern, said that the petition had been sent into the board without his knowledge. "I do not operate a colour bar and neither does my brewery," he said. He
pointed out that the assembly room was, in fact, often used by coloured people and only this year had been given over completely to them for a special occasion. Mrs.
Eva Holloway, another regular at the pub and one who sat in on the meeting with the board said she agreed that outside organisations were causing the
"No Room at the Inn"
Birmingham Daily Post : March 22nd 1967 Page 28