Some history of The Barrel on Wolverhampton Street at Walsall in Staffordshire
The Barrel stood on the south side of Wolverhampton Street and, in later years, stood opposite the Savoy Cinema.
Dating from the early 1930s, this photograph shows The Barrel in the livery of Atkinson's Brewery Ltd. of Aston in Birmingham. The etched glass and lantern were particularly good features. A large passage to a rear yard can be seen, to the right of which was a newsagent's shop. The licensee at this time was John Loynes.
More information on The Barrel at Walsall to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to The Barrel 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 Barrel. There is information on Walsall Staffordshire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
"John Warrilow was charged with having, on Monday last, assaulted Edward Davies. It appeared that the complainant and
defendant who had been companions for fifteen years, and who had been bedfellows for a considerable portion of the time, had quarrelled about some report which
defendant suspected complainant of having originated, and on the night in question they met at the Barrel public-house, Wolverhampton Lane, where a club of
which they are both members, holds its meetings, when defendant accused complainant of raising the report, and then spit in his face. After
the business of the club was disposed of, they went to a barber's shop in Stafford Street, for the purpose of ascertaining the origin of the report;
but the barber not being at home, they commenced quarrelling, when defendant spat in the face of complainant, who returned the compliment. Thereupon
defendant struck complainant and knocked him down three times. The Bench, after hearing the evidence, sentenced the defendant to pay a fine of £2s. 6d. and
costs, or in default to be imprisoned for fourteen days. In the case Mr. Ebsworth appeared for the defendant."
"Guildhall Police Court"
Walsall Free Press and General Advertiser
February 28th 1863 Page 4