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Pub landlords
« on: January 25, 2019, 01:55:00 PM »
My great grandfather William Smith was a publican in Aston around 1865/1885. How do I find him please


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Re: Pub landlords
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 03:43:28 PM »
Hi Josh

Welcome to the forum, with so little information and so common a name I am assuming a lot here, so don't take what I say as gospel.

There were a lot of William Smith beer retailers in the 1860's but the only one I can find in the Aston area (bearing in mind that Aston was  lot larger then than now) is William Smith brewer of the Queens Hotel at the junction of Queens Road and Vicarage Road Aston who also is registered at number 37 Love Lane and 24 Aston Road which I think was a corner property which in fact was the General Wolfe public house. The Queens Hotel with the brewery next door later became Atkinsons brewery.

I have attached a photo of the Queens hotel and the General Wolfe which were both still standing in the 60's but are now gone.
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Re: Pub landlords
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2019, 03:00:04 PM »
Have you tried having a look at the 1871 and 1881 Census records, these can be viewed free of charge at most libraries with Ancestry and Findmypast websites. The Ancestry one can be searched by Parish, it may take a little time but if you know his year of birth and where he was born it should narrow it down and of course having a profession of Publican will make it a lot easier.