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Token - Star Hotel Tipton

Token - Star Hotel Tipton

The Star Hotel was at 185, Bloomfield Road, (now Dudley Road), Tipton. It had been owned by several companies through its time including Atkinsons Ltd, William Butler and Co. Ltd. and Mitchells and Butlers Ltd.

After 1775 the Royal Mint suspended the striking of copper coins and therefore the need for small change had to be answered by the issue of what are now known as industrial tokens.

As with many tokens struck by industrialists during the chronic coin shortage, this token was probably struck primarily as a means of paying the wages of employees and in addition to advertisment. These tokens were used in lieu of real money or to tie people into certain commercial establishments.

The Star Hotel Token has the name Whitehouse on the front, which makes reference to the licencee William Whitehouse 1856 – [1892]

These tokens would have continued in circulation until 1860 when new and smaller bronze pennies, halfpennies, and farthings were introduced by the Royal Mint and severe penalties were imposed on people using tokens.

The Star Hotel

Being located by the canal, The Star Hotel offered accommodation to the weary business traveller, one landlord proudly stated 'Commercial Gentlemen visiting Tipton and that locality will find every comfort and accommodation at this Hotel'

Further evidence of the hotel accommodating travellers was the following statement in the Staffordshire Advertisers 13 Jan 1872 “A numerously attended meeting of puddlers, shinglers, rollers, and millmen was held at the STAR HOTEL, Bloomfield, Tipton". 

The Star Hotel was hit by a bomb during World War One however the bomb failed to detonate.

In 1920, the Star Hotel function suite was described by the men of the Engineering Department, Tipton District of the Birmingham Navigations, as a fine and spacious assembly room, which had been tastefully decorated for the occasion as they sat down for dinner.

During the Second World War the pub had been three parts demolished by a German bomb, tragically the licencee's son was killed in the blast. The hotel was rebuilt after the war but later demolished in April 1996.

You can find more on Black Country pubs at Hitchmough's guide to Black Country Pubs

Ref: 1978/096/006

Area: Tipton

Theme: Domestic and Cultural Life

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