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Can anyone help with information on this pub please?
The Ship Inn . It was a Holt Brewery Pub
I had to restore an old photo and was asked if I could get any information.
On the back of the photo it had Birmingham? written.
In the 1900 Kellys there are three Ships listed (only pubs with a full licence ar named in Kellys, but this does look like a substantial pub and I would guess had a full licence). One , the Ship Inn at 185 Ledsam St was not on a corner. The Ship in Camp Hill looks nothing like the photo. The Ship at 27 Fox St also does not appear to be on a corner. The 1890 Kellys also lists one at 103 Steelhouse lane, which is also not on a corner. So if it is in Birmingham it would appear not to have had a full licence,
In 1913 Susan Hunt is listed in Kellys as a beer retailer at 33 Freeman Road, Nechells. Unfortunately, the landlord does not seem to live on the premises here. In 1911 it is listed as in the occupation of a cycle maker, and in 1910 (again listed as beer retailer), it is omitted from census. This would seem to indicate tome an off licence.
However in 1903 & 1904 she is listed in Kellys as being a beer retailer at 125 Gerrard St, on the corner of Wilton St. the 1901 census gives this as The Ship Inn. So I think the name Susan Hunt , The Ship Inn (not just the Ship) and that it is on a corner is pretty good evidence.
Inceidently the census also states that the licensee is a public House manager, so it was a managed house
If only we had a photo of the Wilton St/Gerrard St corner. there is a more modern one of the Gunmakers arms on the opposite corner at no 123 Gerrard St, though it looks as if all other buildings around have been demolished at that time
Well you are right Phil. It certainly does not look much like the pub in the photo. Kellys shows that by 1932 it was a green grocers, but the 1901 census (attached) does show it as The Ship Inn. Bit of a change though.
mike did you see my pic on post 10... im not subbed at the min but could you see if no 112 gerard st is down as anything...that looks more to be the shape of the pub than no 125 although i know on the census and kellys it is down as no 125...looking at the pic i posted of the greengrocers and compering the pic of the ship im not convinced yet as its such a massive transformation.. looking at your map.if you look at the length of the gunmakers on the wilton st side its quite long but the length of the ship on the wilton st side which is where most of the pub would be looks to me to just be a normal size building..very odd
another strange thing mike is after 125 gerrard st on the 1901 census you posted it jumps to 66 gower st which is half way up wilton st.. why didnt the census carry on to 127...129 etc..think my aunt was at 133...any thoughts on why ?? ... could you also check the 1891 and 1911 census please to see if 125 gerrard st was the ship inn..thanks mike...also wondering if mr matthews was only living at 125 gerrard st but as says in brackets on the census was manager of the ship inn which was maybe located somewhere other than 125 gerrard st.?? still not convinced yet that there was a pub on that corner
from 1912 to at least 1921 kellys says...123 gerrard st gunmakers arms..here is wilton st..125 gerrard st samuel heath beer retailer so not licensed gives me more reason now to think that this photo of the ship inn was not in gerrard st...back to a bit more digging
I too think it is strange and will have a look Lyn, but will make two points.
1.When doing the census they (seemingly) arbitrarily drew in the various districts for the enumerators and it is very common, with long streets as least, to stop and then go to a side street. Indeed, Gerrard St, I think, is in about 5 or 6 districts In several cases, part of one side of the street is in one, and the other side in another, so the jump is not unexpected.
2. Ship inn is not written against the occupier, but the actual house number, so referred to the building and not the occupier.