New local history book ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part Two)’ now available!

This is just one of the great images in Clive Roberts’ new book: This is the oORIGINAL Wheatsheaf, that stood in Brownhills High Street, round about where Silver Court is today. Image originally from the Mayo collection.

I had an email from local historian and author Clive Roberts yesterday, pointing out that his latest book ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part Two)’ is now available, but will sell out 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 and published Part One of the pubs of Brownhills last year, which has proven a great success, and this book continues Clive’s painstaking and fascinating work.

Clive wrote:

Hello Bob and readers of the blog.

My new book Old public houses of Brownhills (Part 2) has arrived from the printers and is now on sale at:

Brownhills Library
The corner shop in Friezland Lane Brownhills
You can also purchase it on eBay here

The book contain 160 pages of information on our old pubs.

The pub’s covered are: Anchor Inn, Boat Inn,  Fortune of war/Pier Inn, George and Dragon (Clayhanger), Leopard Inn, Malt Shovel Inn, Red White and Blue, Royal George Inn, Royal (Middle) Oak, Shire Oak Inn, Shoulder of Mutton, Station Hotel, Warreners Arms, Wheat Sheaf and finally the Woodman.

The book costs just £8 each – and if there are any folk out there that would like Old public houses of Brownhills (Part 1) there are just a few left and are for sale at Brownhills Library and the Corner shop in Friezland Lane, also at £8 each.

Books should be available now, so get in quick!

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. They are written in a friendly, conversational style and are an absolute treat.

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 reading his new book!

Not just a good book, but great images too.


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8 Responses to New local history book ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part Two)’ now available!

  1. Julie baggott says:

    Yay I’m off to the library I’ve been waiting for the 2nd one xx

  2. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    this is a book that I have been looking forward to as I know just how much painstaking research Clive put in to the first book. Many thanks Clive and my best wishes

  3. Brian Edwards says:

    My parents did their courting at The Boat Inn during the 1930’s. In those days you could hire a punt and take along a picnic for an afternoon or evening cruise.

  4. Clive L Roberts says:

    Hello Bob big thank you for plugin my book your a star, and an extra big thank you to the many readers that have purchased my book also, it makes all the hard work putting the book together worth it.
    Best wishes Clive

  5. Wendy Gates says:

    I just ordered my copy. My grandad use to own The Wheatsheaf when he was married to my Nan Em. I have memories of being in the pub them two dogs. My Dad and Mum use to help out in the pub as did my Uncle Ted. I think the pub was aunty Em’s and grandad was her 2nd husband. Looking forward to reading about it.

    • Clive says:

      Hello Wendy. Thank for buying my book, there’s plenty of information on the old Wheatsheaf and the new Wheatsheaf so your relatives will be in there.
      Best wishes Clive

  6. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    I have just done a first quick read is a cracker of a book.
    Thanks Clive, and a merry Christmas to you, kid

  7. Clive says:

    Thanks Dave. Merry Christmas to you and a great new year.

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