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The Jolly Crispin
The Jolly Crispin (2006)
The Jolly Crispin, 25 Clarence Street, Upper Gornal.
An early building built of the locally quarried Devonian Sandstone, and has been serving beer ever since the 1830s.
Origins of the pub name is probably taken from Saint Crispin - the Patron Saint of Shoemakers, the premises or proprietor originally had a connection with shoe making (or is this cobblers?)
In 1834 trade directories, several boot and shoe makers are listed in Upper Gornal; namely:- Samuel Blackham, William Harthill, Abraham Passmore and Isaac Stokes.
1834, John Lewis. [Whites Directory]
1842, William Lewis. [Pigots Directory]
1835, Jas. Meanley. [Pigots Directory]
1850, William Lewis. [Post Office Directory of Birmingham, Staffordshire & Worcestershire]
1850, Elisha Meanley. [Melville & Co.'s Directory of Wolverhampton]
1861, Elisha Menley [sic]. [Harrod's Directory]
1865, Elisha Meanley. [Jones Mercantile Directory]
1868, Elisha Meanley. [P.O. Directory]
1880, William Griffin. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
c1900, John Short, described as labourer, professional jumper, late licensed victualler.
1904, Sophia Short (Mrs). [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1912, Isaac John Mills. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1916-1921, Isaac John Mills. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1928, William I. Mills. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1936, James C. Guest. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1940, William R. Easthope. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
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