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The Clements Arms in Upper Trinity St is well worth a visit for the quaint interior alone. These photographs are of the exterior, but its hoped that our most intrepid reporter has interior shots & can post them later.
Built in 1840, or early 1841 at the very latest, the Clements Arms was at that time the business premises & home of William Pugh, beer retailer. By 1848 he was operating it as a beerhouse & car operation, though I have been unable to identify any example of the type of transport he would have provided. William Pugh's widow Elizabeth subsequently became the licended victualler. In 1852 the railway was opened & by 1855 the Railway Inn was the name of the drinking establishment. In 1857 it was encumbered with the less catchy title the Birmingham & Oxford Railway Inn. Elizabeth expanded her business interests & in 1862 had a blacksmith's too, presumably in the yard next to the pub. Following Elizabeth Pugh was Caroline Lane who ran the pub as the Railway Inn & by 1879 the landlord was Owen Shaw who ran the pub as the Clements Arms. Edward Birch too over as the manager & barman & then for a longer tenure James Severn was landlord, certainly from 1901 - 1911.
Excluding scullery & any bathroom the private rooms of the Clements Arms numbered only 3, at least in 1911.
Until better photos arrive here is one picture of the distinctive dark wood interior of the Clements Arms.
A couple of earlier photos of the Clements for you, I think I might of used it at least once I think I also popped in to the Dolphin on the corner of New Bond Street just up the road on the same evening.
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I am looking forward to your photos, Lyn. Although my exterior shots were ok the interior pictures were awful. Such a pity as its the inside of the Clements Arms that is most special. It deserves to be appreciated.
Yes there was also a clements arms in ladywood on the corner of clarke street oppersite the freeth arms on
the corner of freeth street and next to the crown picture house many years back in the fiftys nd through to the seventys
so there was manmy a clemt arms around brum ; just like the rose and crowns in brum ;
have a nice day best wishes astonian;
Thank you so much for taking & sharing these photos of the interior of the Clements Arms, Lyn. They really show what character this pub has & how it is worth a visit.
There must be a reason that you took a photo of the lounge bench. Is there a story there?
i also missed them when we were in there last year shirl..ive seen them in a few pubs ive visited in the past..think i will start looking for them on my future pub crawls lol..these info sheets maybe of interest to our members...did not come out too bad considering they are behind glass...
In the last picture there's a reference to Hoskins & Son Neptune Works seen just up from the pub, my father worked there in the early 50's they made ships berths and other types of beds. I wouldn't be surprised if he'd used the Clements at times.:acne: