Time gentlemen please – for a great new book about Brownhills pubs!


Another wonderful book from Walsall Wood author Clive Roberts – available right now!

Walsall Wood lad, friend of the blog and noted local history author Clive Roberts has written to me pointing out that his fourth book – Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part one) is available now, and will make a great read or even Christmas present for anyone into local history, or who remembers some of the great old boozers of our town.

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.

Clive wrote:

Hello Bob,

Can you give my new book a plug on your blog please?

Its that time of year again!

I have put together a book on Old Public Houses of Brownhills (part 1), the book has about 90 pages and covers the history and other details of pubs on the west side of Brownhills,

The pubs covered in part one are: Anglesey Arms, Chase Inn, Hussey Arms, Jolly Collier, Lamb Inn, Old Wilkin Inn, Pear Tree, Prince of Wales, Queens Head, Railway Tavern, Rising Sun, Swan Inn, Turk’s Head, White Horse and the Yew Tree Inn.

That’s 16 pubs in all… The book covers known landlords and some of the past history from newspaper reports and other sources, together with some interesting photographs.

Copies are available for just £8 each.

You can obtain yours from: Brownhills Library, Walsall Wood Library and also The DEI Convenience Store (Corner or Red shop) in Friezland Lane, and last but not least Walsall Local History Centre.

Best wishes
Clive L Roberts

I haven’t yet got my copy, but when I do I’ll post a full review here – Clive’s previous works have garnered him a great reputation for well researched, engaging local history writing that uncovers detail that others may well miss.

If you have any questions or observations for Clive, please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at  Googlemail dot com, and I’ll draw them to his attention.

I wish Clive all the best and look forward to Part Two!

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7 Responses to Time gentlemen please – for a great new book about Brownhills pubs!

  1. David Evans says:

    HI Bob
    Congratulations to Clive on his latest book..yes, I’ve got my copy and it’s a smashing read, all the way through.
    Kind regards

  2. stuart says:

    Well done Clive with the book,I have fond memories in the early 60s of going with my grandad, who lived in Old Hednesford Rd,to the Wilkin but vaguely remember going in to a door at the side rather than the back,not sure if that is accurate I’d have just been a young lad at the time.

  3. David Williams says:

    that was the title of the first film Sid James appeared in


  4. aerreg says:

    congratulations clive good reading memouries came flooding back re the railway tavern if of any help mr and mrs woodhouse ran the pub sometime in the 1940 years they had a daughter maureen i recall we kids decided to put on a concert in the back room it was fun another childhood name springs to mind edna orgill the woodhouses left and whent to keep a pub or hotel in tamworth i believe yes the tavern was my dads oasis and many years ago the dnnisis were related to my dear old mother in law thanks again god bless

  5. Clive says:

    Big thank you Bob for pluging my book your a star.
    Clive L Roberts

    • Mrs Denise Petch-Ghuman says:

      Clive, do you know anything of a pub called ‘The Clayhanger’? My grandmother and her husband ran it in the 70’s but I cannot find any reference to it. It was a very old building with an enormous attic I remember. I was very young and can’t remember much else.

  6. Clive L Roberts says:

    Hello readers of the blog, Just an update: for folk that no longer live local, I have put my book Old Public Houses of Brownhills (part 1) on Ebay.
    Cheers Clive

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