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Something a little strange here? I can find a lot about Suffield's and John Suffield, but no mention of an Old Lamb!
Quite a few adverts from at least 1862 for Suffield's Hotel and Dining Rooms, Union Passage, leading from New Street to Bull Street. Also John Suffield carrying on business as fancy draper at 106,107,108 and 109 Bull Street,
There were bankruptcies in 1884. So the picture may be of the drapery biz.
I don't think it was ever a pub. It was called Old Lamb House (rather than the Old Lamb) when demolished before the formation of Martineau St, and was the home of the drapery business for at least 60 years. In earlier times it was known as The Lamb House, the old being a later addition and there was at one time a malthouse behind it in what was known as Lamb Yard. Close by in Dale End was , in the 18th century, the Beast Market, so maybe lambs were concentrated near the building.
Information from "Faces & Places"
Here is a clip from the retrospect of year 1886 and it mentions the demolition of Messrs Suffield’s premises in Bull Street....supposed to have been the oldest house in Birmingham, for a new thoroughfare between Dale End and Suffolk St.
A cow forced its way into the Liberal Club. An ancient well found when pulling down building at the corner of Crooked Lane and Bull Street.
One other interesting anecdote is that in Oct of 1884 there was a letter to the paper complaining of the dangerous state of things in Corporation St where Messrs Suffield’s new buildings had hoardings in front and blocking the footpath...no handrail or anything else to protect from the street traffic.
A photo of a quiet looking Bull Street c1957. The Windsor Arcade appears to have been fenced off and the window displays of the old Rackhams store look rather bare. Rackhams had been acquired in 1955 by Harrods Ltd who were able to purchase the large island site on which a modern new store would be built in the early 1960s.
The North-Western/Windsor Arcade exit in the photo must be the little branch leading from the main North-Western Arcade. This little section must have disappeared when the site was developed for the later Rackhams store. Viv.