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We need your memories of the Elephant & Castle!

Elephant & Castle BCLM

15 May 2018

We're currently calling out for any memories prior to 1969 of the Elephant & Castle that once stood on the corner of Stafford Street & Cannock Road, Wolverhampton. We're planning to recreate this once-treasured watering hole in a 1940s-60s town centre as part of our new development project ‘Forging Ahead’.

Built in 1905, the Elephant & Castle was once a grand Edwardian pub, and made quite a magnificent landmark for those coming into Wolverhampton. In 1910 it became part of the Banks’s estate who were rapidly becoming one of the largest breweries in the Midlands. Typical of its era, it had a public bar for the working class and for the middle class it had a separate smoking room with slightly higher prices.

The pub’s clientele was known to be diverse, with Wolverhampton being home to many thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century. After World War Two, both the Irish and Commonwealth citizens from India, Pakistan and the Caribbean could be found enjoying a drink in the Elephant & Castle.

Little is currently known about The Elephant & Castle’s licensees in the post-war period. The Museum believe that a Sydney Jones was in charge in the 1940s, and Doris May Davies in the 1960s. 

The pub’s sad decline in later years was capped by its unexpected demolition in 2001 – shortly before it could be considered for listing.

Do you have any personal stories about the pub which stood on the corner of Stafford Street & Cannock Road, Wolverhampton? The Museum is especially interested in hearing about any memories prior to 1969. Did you or your family and friends drink there? Play dominoes there? Did you ever hear any stories about the pub? All information is useful, so please get in touch by emailing collections@bclm.com or call 0121 557 9643.

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