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I can name licensee on Bidford-on-Avon picture

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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THE public house, The Fisherman's Rest, pictured in The Bugle (May 15 edition) was at Bidford-on-Avon.

Bidford was a very popular place to visit from Birmingham and surrounding area.

The men shown would probably have followed a trip similar to that taken by Small Heath Wesley Cycling Club for which I have a programme dated 1912.

They would go by train, 10.40 from New Street station to Salford Priors, then walk to Hollands Pleasure Grounds at Bidford a walk of a mile or so.

There they could hire rowing boats, punts and canoes. Dinner at Mr Holland's Restaurant was not until 1.15 so there would have been plenty of time to walk up to the Fisherman's Rest for something to quench their thirst.

The lady on the right hand side of the photograph was I believe Mrs Minnie Gardner, the licensee.

I have a postcard dated 1913 showing her.

After dinner at the restaurant, a trip down the River Avon at 2.30 to Cleeve Prior by steamer, followed by a walk over the hills to Cleeve Prior village (there was a pub there) and back by steamer to Hollands where tea was served at 5.15 and finally back to Salford to catch the 9.25 train.

This, I believe was a pattern that was followed by many day trippers from Birmingham.

If any Bugle readers have any Bidford memorabilia I would gladly purchase any items to add to my collection.

Rodney Crompton .



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