A query about a local pub – can you help?


This cottage on the brown of Springhill, between Shire Oak and Muckley Corner used to be a pub. I took this picture in 2011 when it was up for sale.

I know w’ve covered this fairly extensively before, but I’m wondering if readers can help with this enquiry from Tanya Johnson, who has a family connection to the lost pub at Springhill, the Red, White and Blue.

Much of the history of this oft-mentioned pub has been covered before, but I’m hoping readers may be able to expand on Tanya’s question – you can read the original article here

Tanya asked:.


I’m looking for any information on The Red, White and Blue Inn, Ogley Hay. As this has previously popped up on your site I’m aware that it was where The Willows now stands on the Sandhills.

I’ve been researching mine and my husbands tree for many years (both families appear to be from around the Brownhiils/ Lichfield areas) and have finally made a breakthrough on his maternal side.

I have obtained a death certificate for his Great Great Grandmother. It states place of death as being St Michaels hospital but under occupation it has ‘of Red White and Blue Inn.’

She was 80 when she died in 1936. I can’t find a full list of licensees for the pub anywhere. The lady is Catherine Donlon born in 1856. Her daughter and son in law appeared to run the Miners Rest Inn in Chasetown at around the same time (1936).

Many thanks

Thanks to Tanya for an interesting enquiry, and if any of the research heads out there (or pub experts!) can help that would be wonderful, thanks.

Please comment here of mail me: Brownhillsbob at Googlemail dot com.

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7 Responses to A query about a local pub – can you help?

  1. aerreg says:

    just a couple of memory lane words on warm sunday nights when i was a lad with mom and dad we would start to walk the tow path from the chemical to springhill calling at the red white and blue for mom and dads half pint and my real VIMTO the other point may be of no help but the st michaels hospital at lichfield thanks for the memory god bless

  2. Andy Dennis says:

    Hello Tanya

    The Red White and Blue Inn (RWB) we have previously considered, albeit in the parish of Ogley Hay for census purposes, stood on the Walsall Road a short way south of Muckley Corner at Springhill, not Sandhills; the pub there was The Leopard.

    Mrs Catherine Donlon appears in several trade directories from 1912 to 1932 as a shopkeeper at 103 Sandford Street, Lichfield.

    I have previously researched licensees of a range of local pubs, but information on the RWB seems rather scarce. I have not found any news reports about Mrs Donlon. The last record I could find for the RWB was the 1911 census when the publican was John William Blower.

    According to the phone book directories, the occupant from 1957 – 1984 was H Mason, cabinet maker.

    The Lichfield Mercury 7 May 1937 reported transfer of the license for the Miners Rest from Francis Trawford to Thomas Tarpey.

    Not much help, but it might fill the odd gap.


    • Tanya says:


      Thanks for your help. I too have found her on several directories as a shop keeper. Thomas Tarpey was Catherine Donlons son in law. I’m aware he was owner/licensee of the miners rest. Although unable to find the exact connection with the red white and blue.
      She must have lived there prior to passing away at st Michaels hospital. My only explanation at the moment.


  3. Andy Dennis says:

    Lichfield Mercury

    14 Jan 1949

    Harry William Mason of The Red White and Blue, Springhill, gives notice that he is to apply for a full license. He had a license to sell beer and wine.

    Sadly, I can’t find online whether he was successful.


  4. Lisa walters says:

    There is also a red, white and blue just near sharehill.
    I live here at the willows now, PM if I can help x

  5. aerreg says:

    andy you are brilliant with your knowledge you have set my grey matter of again my ancesters were trawfords from clanger island you are a boster thanks for what you do

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