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Do you remember these lost Wednesbury public houses?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

By Dan Shaw

  • A Ford Cortina parks outside the Gladstone pub, Wednesbury, in the late '70s

  • The Nelson – do you recall this Wednesbury boozer?

  • The Armourite works, Wednesbury, occupied an old pub

  • The three-way junction of Holyhead Road, Lower High Street and Bridge Street, Wednesbury, in the late 1970s

  • A closer view of the White Horse Hotel

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THESE photographs, further gems from the collection of Dave Westwood of Rowley Regis, taken in the late 1970s, show a much changed corner of the Black Country.

Do you recognise any of these scenes? The pictures were taken in Wednesbury, on streets that have been altered beyond all recognition by the building of the Black Country New Road in the 1990s.

Dave took the first photograph at the three-way junction of the A4196, with Holyhead Road in the foreground, Lower High Street to the left, and Bridge Street to the right. In the centre is the White Horse Hotel with a newsagents on the left and C.P. Dove's carpet store on the right.

The White Horse was one of the older pubs in Wednesbury and until the 1840s it was also used as the magistrates court, and it gave its name to the Birmingham tram terminus, which was just outside.

In the 1970s there was a boxing gym there but the pub closed in the early 2000s and the building was converted to a warehouse.

Our next picture was taken at the junction of Dudley Street and Leabrook Road and it shows the works of the Armourite Metal Company, coppersmiths and sheet metal workers.

The building was a former pub, the New Pack Horse built in 1837 on the site of the original Pack Horse. Armourite took over the premises in the 1960s but the building was demolished in the 1980s.

The Gladstone was in Portway Road and was built in the 1930s on the site of an earlier pub. Apparently, it was known locally as the "Painted Lady"; perhaps someone can explain why. It was refurbished in 1999 but closed in 2006 and was demolished two years later.

Our last picture shows the Nelson, also in Portway Road. Unlike the others, this pub appears to have survived in business.

Have your memories been stirred by these old photographs? Do you have any stories of old Wednesbury to share? Contact dshaw@blackcountry bugle.co.uk or write to us at Bugle House, Cradley Heath.

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