Some history of the Waterloo Hotel at Cape Hill in Smethwick in the county of Staffordshire.
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"Mr. Joy also applied for the final order in respect to the new hotel which Messrs. Mitchell's and Butler's have provided at
Cape Hill. He mentioned that the sanction to transfer the license of the New Navigation Inn, Bridge Street, to the new hotel at the corner of Waterloo Road and
Shireland Road was granted in March 1907, while a month later the provisional order was made. The owners were now in a position to ask the Justices for a final
order, and although a purely formal matter they now sought this approval. They would see that the building had been carried out in accordance with the plans which
were submitted to them, and the Architect [Mr. W. H. Kendrick] would give evidence on the subject. In reference to the surrender of the licence this would
be handed to the Clerk before the new hotel was opened. Alderman Pinkney enquired when the owners expected to open the new hotel, because it was quite possible that
some of the Magistrates might like to inspect it. Mr. Joy intimated that the new hotel would be opened on April 15th. A further application was in regard to the
name for the new hotel. Mr. Joy said that if the Magistrates had no objection they would like to adopt the name of the Waterloo. He pointed out that the licence
was now attached to the Navigation Inn, but as there was another house of that name they had thought it desirable to find a new one, and the owners had decided to
ask them to sanction The Waterloo. Mr. Shakespeare pointed out that the builders had already put a ship on the building in the anticipation of its being called the
Navigation. Alderman Pinkney said that the Mayor had suggested that they should call it The Asquith - evidently because of the memorable year in which it would
be opened. [Laughter]. Mr. Joy: "Such a name might be an evil omen." [Renewed laughter.] The Magistrates gave their assent to the
proposed new title - The Waterloo Hotel."
Smethwick Telephone : April 4th 1908