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here is a thought perhaps it relates to migrant workers and based in the midlands? it might be from elsewhere like Ireland or scotland for instance Caledonia I always thought related to things Scottish I am probably wrong but whats new about that? anyway alan have you tried phoning the other clubs and as BarryW says try the walsall library definitely worth pursuing
I believe that this was a 'self help' society for the working man, giving them a club to gather in and have a drink with other like minded men, and if times got hard they could be helped by the other members of the club.
This appears to be supported by the club motto 'A Cork never sinks'
It certainly wa s social club and one which provided self help in the sense of sick and funeral benefit. It was also a society with a ritual element to it. As far as I can see it was similar to the Oddfellows.
I have seen pictures of the corks which did seem have to have scottish dress associated with it. Yes caledonian was th roman name for Scotland but why did it start in Birmingham and why the Corks link?
There is indeed a masonic society in the USA called the Jolly Corks but I never though there was a connection between the two.
The kings Heath Building was originally a merchants house which was used by him for workers to convalese in or so the story goes how true that is I am not sure but before the Refurbishments the ornate interior certainly ties in with it being used for something like that and next door is a masonic lodge
I have posted this one before. It's my great uncle Arthur Manning Davies. With the help from here I found out he was a member of Elkington Lodge. I contacted them to see if they had any information about him from around 1900 I never heard anymore.
Here is a couple of photo's I copied today of The Loyal Caledonian Corks at a dinner at The Acorn Public House in Wheeler Street. I think the date would be about 1920. The first picture middle row fourth back is Alfred Pursehouse with his neck sash. The second picture he is second from the end of the first row pictured with his wife Ethel née Harding.
Sorry about the quality but they are photo's of photo's and the shiny finish was difficult to photograph.
interesting pictures ...Wendy there is a gentleman first row second picture looks a lot like a boxer from a later time and I cant for the life of me remember his name ...Oh well it may come to me thanks got it TERRY DOWNES ?
Looking again at the photo's the two men in the front of the second photo look like father and son. The photo's must have been taken at different times as the flowers on the tables are different. The rooms look different as well. The first photo looks like it could be a Christmas party as I think there are decorations hanging on the ceiling. The information on the photo's was given to me by the owner who is 83.