On the subject of the Freemasons Arms…

From ‘Walsall Pubs – A History’ by John Cockayne, spotted by reader Greame Clarke.

I had the above clip in from reader Greame Clarke this morning, and seeing as there’s such debate around the Freemasons Arms, I thought I’d post it up. The English seems a bit odd, and I can’t vouch for the accuracy, but it’s something to add to the melee.

Cheers, Greame!

Transcribed below for Google to find:

At 24 Park Street on the opposire side from the ‘New Inn‘ was the ‘Freemasons Arms‘, the owner in 1834 was Harry Smith and 1909 it was in the possession of Lichfield Brewery Co. Thar Brewery was in SL John’s Street Lichfield and registered in 1869 and was acquired by Samuel Allsopp & Sons in 1930 when it had 182 houses, brewing ceased in 1935 and the Brewery has since been demolished. By 1910 the owner of the ‘Freemasons’ was Thomas Watson and the manager in 1916 was Alfred Williams, a retired Police Inspector receiving £2.10s.0d p.w. The premises had passed into the hands of the Lichfield Brewery again with William Lea as tenant by 1925 when it has stabling for four horses and it was described as an ‘old property in a good state of repair’. The Public Bar was 19’7 x 16’ x 9’4 with a lobby. Smoke room, Snug and a Billiards room, ‘used as a sitting room‘, there were 5 bedrooms. The ‘Freemasons’ was closed in March 1933 and the full license transferred to the new ‘Red House’ in the Sutton Road.

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6 Responses to On the subject of the Freemasons Arms…

  1. Ann Cross says:

    Many thanks Bob and Greame
    I wonder where the stabling was? Must have been in a different location or somewhere behind reached from another road! The 1911 census states there are 11 rooms, I can find 10: according to above public bar, snug, smokeroom and billiards room and five bedrooms and of course a kitchen. They didn’t count bathrooms on censuses. All very interesting thank you.

  2. Andy Dennis says:

    Kelly’s Directory 1896 has William Plant. In 1891 census the licensee was Elizabeth Plant, widow, whose son William was a saddler. In 1871 William lived with his parents Elizabeth and George, licensed victualler, at 58 Park Street (same?). In 1881 Elizabeth, widow, was licensed victualler at No 58. In 1901 at 24 Park Street was William Plant hotel proprietor.

    In 1861 George was a greengrocer in Dudley Street.

    I don’t know who the licensee was in 1911, but Alfred Williams was a police inspector at the time.

    Under the Quasar Centre, now.

  3. Andy Dennis says:

    I’ve looked again at the earlier post. As I recall it Burton’s was on the same side of Park Street as the New Inn, but a considerable distance nearer to The Bridge, maybe about half way. Possibly next door to NatWest? Burton’s had a billiards room above.

    • Ann Cross says:

      There was a Burtons on the Bridge, and I believe that one had billiards above, I seem to remember my father saying he played there as a young man.

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