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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.
1931: Overseas newspaper report July
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.
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.
1851: The Staffordshire Advertiser. January 18.
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.
1841, Joseph Saunders.
1842, sold.
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, occupation-butcher. [Census]
1891, Henry Perry, butcher. [Census]
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]
1942 Sale notice: Birmingham Post, 09 April 1942.
Estate of LOUIS PEACOCK PERRY, Deceased.
Estate of SARAH PERRY, Deceased.
Alfred W. Dando & Co. have received instructions from  the Executors, above, to Sell bv Auction at the DUDLEY ARMS HOTEL, DUDLEY, on TUESDAY NEXT, April 14, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon precisely, subject to Conditions of Sale then to be produced, as follows:-
  Lot 1. -The Well-known HOME-BREWING FULLY-LICENSED PROPERTY (with Possession), the "BRITANNIA INN," Kent Street, Upper Gornal, together with the SHOP adjoining, occupying an area of 456 square yards or thereabouts. Also a Plot of LAND at rear of same, part formerly used as a Bowling Green, having an area of 1 acre and 23 perches, the whole until recently in the occupation the late Mrs. Perry and now by members of her family, and Sold with Vacant Possession upon completion of the purchase.
The Britannia sold for 6,300.