Reader and friend of the blog Mike Leonard has been in touch. He’s supplied some utterly remarkable images of two of Brownhills lost pubs; the Railway Tavern and The Wheatsheaf. I’ve been looking for decent images of these two boozers for years – the only ones I knew of were on David Hodgkinson’s excellent site, and I was after something a bit more detailed.
Both alehouses have been mentioned in a recent article in the Ogley Square triptych, with the Railway Tavern not fairing well in public opinion of the 1930s. The Railway Tavern stood on the corner of Lichfield Road and Narrow Lane, and The Wheatsheaf on the corner of Ogley Road and Mill Road, on the site of the old Ogley Square. Both were replaced in the 1990s by housing developments.
These few scans may be of interest to some readers on your blog.I found them in my late Fathers photo collection and intend to get around to uploading them onto Flickr or similar.
The photos of the Tavern is dated 1993. I also have some photos of the Super Alloys chimney stack as it stood prior to demolition in 1988 and the site after demolition. There are some more photos that require further dating.
Well, Mike, I thank you profusely for suppling these great pictures – the Wheatsheaf in particular didn’t seem to have been well recorded, and I’m proud and honoured to be able to add your father’s pictures to the historical record.
I welcome any further images you want to share and I’m sure readers will help date them for you. Please do fire away.
If anyone else has photos of historical interest, please do share. You can mail them to me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.
Both the Railway and the Sheaf had great discos on during the mid eighties. The Sheafs friday night disco was the one to be at though, with poly on the decks. I think the landlrds name was Wright at that time, he was the predesessor to Brad Cooksey.
Many thanks to Mike for sharing the pictures.
Great photos Dave and Bob, thank yiu
Many a happy hour spent supping in the Tavern and Friday night’s disco was without a doubt the best around. Ron and Pat were great at running the Tavern, even had my 18th party there.
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Ron and Pat are my parents! I remember great dancing and dad fighting to beat mum over the bar to pull apart a scrap!
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