Do you have any pictures of these local pubs?


The Railway Tavern in 1993 – was that really 20 years hence? It was always a nice looking pub and a landmark on the Lichfield Road. Image kindly supplied by Mike Leonard.

Walsall Wood lad, friend of the blog and noted local history author Clive Roberts has written to me this week, asking readers for help finding photos of some lost Brownhills pubs for his next book.

Clive has previously written excellent and sought after books on Shire Oak, Walsall Wood and Brownhills. He comments and contributes frequently here on the blog and is a stalwart of the local history community, so I’d like to help him if we can.

Clive wrote:

Hello Bob,

I’m putting together my latest book on Old Brownhills Public Houses. It will be in two parts, Part 1 covers 1sixteen pubs and there are about 83 pages.

I wonder if the readers of the blog can help me, I need some photos of four pubs in particular: the Railway Tavern on the Lihfield road; Queens Head Watling Street; Pear Tree Cottage near the Hednesford Road and the Lamb Inn that was on Watling Street.

Anyone kindly donating a photo will have need to own the copyright, and I will credit the photo to them.

If I use the photo I will supply them with a free copy of the book as well.

Many thanks and best wishes to you and the blog readers.

Clive L Roberts

Well, reader Mike Leonard donate the image above of the Railway Tavern and if he’s still tuned in perhaps he might allow Clive to get in touch, please?

I have an image of the Pear Tree, but only when it was derelict sadly.

I welcome any further images anyone would like share, so please do comment here or mail me  – thanks. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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The Railway Tavern was deceptively large. A few merry Brownhillians staggered over that threshold over the years! Image generously supplied by Mike Leonard.

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12 Responses to Do you have any pictures of these local pubs?

  1. Andy Dennis says:

    Oddly enough I’ve been working on pubs and beerhouses along Watling Street, but I only have very recent pictures of those still standing: Rising Sun, Crown, White Horse, Prince of Wales and Chase Inn, but you are welcome to copies.

    • Clive says:

      Thanks for the offer Andy, but I have photo’s of the ones listed.
      Cheers Clive

    • Thinking about watering holes along the A5 – a long time ago I used to go to the Terrace (or was it called Hoofbeats at the time) for a drink without even an accompanying bag of crisps so can I call it a “pub”?

      Some modern pubs may well make as much money out of food as they do from booze. Where should we draw the line between a pub with food and a restaurant with a large drinking clientele?

  2. Ade Reid says:

    Friday night discos in the early eighties With Mac and Sue spinning the records.Fantastic times of an era long gone but never many happy memories..

  3. Rob says:

    fond memories of the tavern when it had the carriage and platform/ticket office in the lounge

  4. John Booth says:

    Blimey that brings back a few memorys used to do the disco there on a friday night back in the seventies with Paul Sheady (Paul Marcus) and Pete Brookhouse o them was the days

  5. Rob says:

    I’m going back to the sixties with the Murry’s running it, when the Memo was on a Monday think it was half crown to get in and we used to tazz up the Tavern in the half hour break for a pint (Ansells bitter or Double Diamond). Where have all the years gone !!

  6. I have found some photos of the Pear Tree Cottage and loaded them at

    Unfortunately the ones of the pub when it still had a heartbeat are scans from prints.

  7. brian ashford says:

    I have several pictures of brownhills pubs I have the wilkin inn the pear tree and the original negatives sorry I did not pick up about this until recently you are welcome to them.

  8. Clive says:

    Hello Brian. That’s great, I will take you up on your offer. when you have the spare time can you phone me on [Number and email passed on the Brian – Bob], evenings would be best as I work split shifts in the day time, many thanks.

  9. david smith says:

    Rising sun just rotting away shame

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