The Shoulder of Mutton, and two local family histories: What do you know?

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The Shoulder of Mutton – one of the oldest inns in Brownhills and a real community pub. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

I’ve had an enquiry in from reader Diane Clift regarding her family, the Danks, a connection with the Clifts and the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills.

Diane wrote:

Hello Bob

Hello, wondering if you could help me or be able to point me in right direction.

I’m doing my family tree and I know I’m from the Danks line through a marriage between daughter and Clift.

All I know is my grandfather George Clift was born in the shoulder of mutton. Do you know anything about the Danks family .

Many thanks
Diane Painter

I don’t know an awful lot about the Shoulder of Mutton and it’s history, other than it was a Roberts pub, so all information gratefully received. I know we still have both Clifts and Danks families locally, so any help you can give would be welcome.

Please comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob t googlemmil dot com. Thanks, and cheers to Diane for an interesting enquiry.

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19 Responses to The Shoulder of Mutton, and two local family histories: What do you know?

  1. andkindred says:

    The Lichfield Mercury 26 Dec 1902 reports on the funeral of George Danks, landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton. Diane, have you seen this?
    Andy

  2. Lisa hughes says:

    Hi bob I’m now the landlady of the shoulder of mutton and have some interesting paper work that has been passed on to me off the late Alan horrorbin who was landlord here for many years if you are interested I will sort it out for you lisa Hughes x

  3. aerreg says:

    hi diane i dont know if this is of any help but the name danks rings a bell with me from the past and i have been trawling through my bits and pieces did you know there was a butcher named danks in high street and also a danks kept the weatsheaf pub in high street years ago but sadly ime not a date and year man ime a story man sorry i have not got any other bits and pieces but who knows wot my turn up best of luck god bless

  4. Clive says:

    Hello Diane. 1901 census as listed for Shoulder of Mutton: George Danks age 62, occ Licensed victualler. Wife Elizabeth age 59; Charles (son) aged 33; George (son) age 30: Levi (son) age 24; Nellie (dau) age 20; Billie! (son) age 18. Hope this is of use to you.
    The Shoulder of Mutton will be covered in my next book (Old public Houses of Brownhills)

  5. Clive says:

    for got to say all the Danks’s at the Shoulder of Mutton in the 1901 census were born in Brownhills

  6. Clive says:

    1911 census: Elizabeth Danks age 67, widow, occupation public house manager of the Shoulder of Mutton; she as put her place of birth as West Bromwich.

  7. Brownhills George says:

    I have some photo’s of the Shoulder of Mutton that might interest you the newest one about 10 years ago the others very much older.
    Regards.
    Brownhills George

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