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The Britannia Inn
The Britannia, 109 Kent Street, Upper Gornal.
An early Nineteenth Century pub, locally nicknamed 'Sallys' after Sarah 'Sally' Williams (nee Perry) who ran the pub from the 1940's.
The pub was owned and run by the Perry family from 1874 up until Sally's death in 1991.


Probably the only woman brewer known to hold a single-handed license in tbe world is Mrs. Louise Perry, of Upper Gornal, Dudley, England, where she conducts her own brewery adjoining the "Britannia Inn" of that town. She has the assistance of her son, as she is a widow and has held a license for over twenty four years. It is doubtful if any other woman has ever retained a brewer's license for so lengthy a period.

An overseas newspaper report July 1931.

According to the 1842 Sale Notice for the Britannia, part of the property of Joseph Saunders - deceased and in the occupation of William Jordan.
The premises consisted of a substantially built and accustomed old Inn known by the name of "The Britannia" with twelve yards of frontage to the main road and 430 square yards of land with a shop, stables and other buildings thereon.
At one time, the Britannia brewed its own ale and also served as a butchers, with a slaughter house at the back of the pub.
The business was acquired by Bathams Brewery in 1997.
The pub is reputedly haunted.
Caution To Publicans,--At the Public Office, On Tuesday, Mr. John Jukes, landlord of the Britannia Inn, Upper Gornal, was fined 20s, and costs for harbouring police-constable Mason in his house while on duty on the night of the 8th instant.

The Staffordshire Advertiser. January 18 1851

1841, Joseph Saunders.
1842, William Jordan. [Pigots Directory]
1851, John Jukes, age 40. [Census]
1861, Hannah Jukes. [Census]
Hannah was the widow of John Jukes.
1865, Hannah Jukes. [Jones Mercantile Directory]
1871, Henry Perry. [Census].
1881, Henry P. Perry. [Census] Occupation butcher.
1895, Henry Perry. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1901, Henry P. Perry, age 59. [Census]
1904, Henry Perry. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1912, Louis Perry. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1911, Louis Peacock Perry, Butcher and Publican, he was Henry Perry's Son. [Census]
1921-1928, Louis P. Perry. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1930s, Louise Perry (Mrs).
1936-1940, Mrs Sarah Perry. [Kelly's Trade Directory]