interested in the old pubs of Brownhills?


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

I had an email from local historian and author Clive Roberts a couple of days ago pointing out that his latest book ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part One)’ is still available, but selling fast – so be quick if you want a copy for a present or just a Christmas treat for yourself.

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,

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, The Crown, 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.

I’m also selling the book on eBay.

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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15 Responses to interested in the old pubs of Brownhills?

  1. Clive says:

    Thanks for the plug Bob.
    Have started doing research for part 2, and have made some intresting discovery on Brownhills Public Houses.
    Big thank you to all that have purchased my books.
    Cheers Clive L Roberts

    • Amanda Ayre says:

      Hi Clive I am very interested in your pubs book or maybe the 2nd one. My Great Aunt Emma Parker nee Arblaster was possibly running a pub and the family has two glasses etched with the name Malt Shovel. In your research have you come across Emma or a Thomas Arblaster running any pubs in Brownhills in the mid 1800’s. Would be very interested in hearing from you. Mandy Ayre

      • Clive Roberts says:

        Hello Amanda. I will be covering the Malt Shovel (Watling Street) in part two. there was a Henry Arblaster and his wife Maria at this address. the pub closed around 1866 I believe, after Henry died there was no more info around covering the pub after this date, so I believe it may have stopped trading. Ok on you have two glasses with the Malt Shovel on them, any chance of a photo so I can add it to the history of the Malt Shovel for the book please.
        PS I will look at the info I have and see if I have any info on a Emma & Thomas Arblaster, will get back to you later.
        Best wishes Clive

  2. julie baggott says:

    i have just purchased this and all the family are sharing it we need to know when is part 2 coming xxxx

  3. Clive says:

    Hello Julie. part 2 should be ready for next Christmas, Have discovery a pub lost in history + there will be about 15 pub’s unless I discover some more lost pub’s.
    Cheers Clive

  4. julie baggott says:

    looking forward to next Christmas already xx

  5. Clive says:

    Hello readers of the blog. Just an update. Old public houses of Brownhills (part 1) is selling well. Started to put Old public houses of Brownhills (part 2) together, this one will be covering: Anchor Inn; Boat Inn; Fortune of war; George and Dragon; Leopard Inn; Malt Shovel; Red white and Blue; Royal George; Royal Oak; Shire Oak Inn; Shoulder of Mutton; Station Hotel; Warrener’s Arms; Wheat Sheaf 1 & 2; and the Woodman, total of 15 pub’s
    The Malt Shovel is a new one for me, it stopped trading around c1870
    Big thank you to Brownhillsbob and the readers of the blog.

    • David Evans says:

      Hi Clive
      thanks for the update…..will need to order some copies as and when!
      all the best

  6. Clive says:

    Ok Dave (sorry about delay in replying) your on the list mate for Old Public Houses of Brownhills (part 2) Cheers Clive

  7. Amanda Ayre says:

    Hi Clive..I will ask my Uncle if he can take pictures..i will be very interested in your book when you have finished it..Thank you for your reply..Mandy

  8. Wendy Gates former Warner says:

    Will you be including the Wheatsheaf? My grandad ran that pub for a while when I was very small late 60s and early 70s

  9. Colin Manchester says:

    Hi Clive

    My wife bought me the Part One and Part Two books for Christmas, I have just finished reading the Part One book and am looking forward to starting the Part Two book. Very interesting and thanks for all your hard work in researching the old pubs.

    I can clarify for you one matter relating to the Old Wilkin Inn on p 42 where you state that you have no idea why the auction details included a reference to the premises being an Ante 69 Beerhouse. Here is the answer. The Wine and Beerhouses Act 1869, as you say, gave magistrates the power to control beerhouses. The Act gave magistrates a broad discretion in respect of the grant or renewal (or refusal) of new licences granted after 1869 but refusal to renew existing licences for Ante 1869 beerhouses was confined to limited grounds relating to the character of the holder of the licence or the conduct of the premises. Ante 1869 beerhouses thus enjoyed special statutory protection from non-renewal of the licence. This would have been an asset as far as the premises were concerned, making the licence more valuable, and this is why this would have been included in the auction details.

    All the best


    • Clive L Roberts says:

      Hello Colin. So pleased you are enjoying my books. It’s nice to receive good feed back on my hard work. Thanks for explaining the Ante 1869 rules, now I understand why they included the statement in the advert, many thanks and enjoy part 2. All the best Clive

  10. Wendy Gates says:

    Brilliant book the part 2. I bought it because my grandad William Warner owned The Wheatsheaf asfter he married the landlady Emily Ansell. However grandad was always known as Harry. Also another relative of mine is mentioned John Rupert Warner who was my grandads uncle was mentioned for selling alcohol from I assume his own stash he’d made! Absolutely brilliant book! I’ve been tracing my family tree for 20 years so this is a great addition.

    • Clive L Roberts says:

      Hello Wendy. So pleased your enjoying the book, and you have found info on your relatives for your family tree.

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