Just before Christmas, myself and [Howmuch?] were lounging around sampling the wares of a local hostelry, when we had an idea. It seems we have an extra, secondhand but very decent copy of the glossy, A4 format book ‘The Old Pubs of Lichfield’ by John Shaw. This is the book that helped us find the truth behind The Lost Pub of Pipehill. I will post this fine tome – currently retailing at about 9 quid I think – completely free of charge on submission of an address by email (BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com) to the first person to answer the following question in the comment section below this post. It must be answered in full. Just in case you’re wondering, the book doesn’t have the answer… Here goes.
There was an inn locally called The Seven Stars. Where was it exactly, and what is it’s current street address? The Inn no longer trades as a pub, and was within a 4 mile radius of the central island in Brownhills.
I’m aware there was a Seven Stars in Stowe Street, in Lichfield. It’s not that one.
The answer is out there, but you may need to do some local research, which I think this makes this a great competition for the slack period between now and new year. I would respectfully request that the property owners and immediate neighbours who would know the answer and the more experienced, better resourced readers out there exercise a little restraint and only step in after the question has had chance to get out there a bit. [Howmuch?], his cat, and the bloke who looks like Jasper Carrott eavesdropping at the bar are all prohibited from entering on grounds of good taste.
I will happily post this book to the winner. Good luck, and I thank [Howmuch?] for a top notch question and local history fact that was a great surprise to me. The John Shaw book is a fine thing, so get your thinking caps on.