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The Pear Tree Inn
The Pear Tree Inn, 73 New Street, Gornal Wood, built c1867.
The pub closed around 1992 and was demolished shortly after, it was replaced by a small housing development on the site.
Pub checks have been around since the mid-19th century, these would be issued by landlords who ran a 'sick and draw' savings scheme in the days before Social Security.
The checks were payments for accrued interest on their savings and would only be redeemed by the licensee.
Most of the checks that are known to be issued by Gornal pubs date between 1900 and 1940, many examples exist for the Pear Tree Inn and are quiet common.

Shown right:- The earliest known check issued by the Pear Tree Inn.
In common with other areas these checks were in brass, about the size of a Penny in the old coinage which was about 1" (26mm) in diameter
Some of these early checks were minted in Birmingham by Vaughtons, 'Vaughtons Gothic Works', Livery Street in the Jewellery Quarter.

Isaac Jones was licensee 1893-1904.


Checks are known in values of 1/2d, 1d, 1 1/2d, 3d and 6d.

Eli Jones was licensee 1916-1936 he was the son of the previous landlord Isaac Jones who died in 1918.

3D (three pence) was about the price of a pint at this time.

John Robinson was licensee of the Pear Tree c1938, so this is one of the last known checks in the area.

Pub check images courtesy of David Stuart.

Pub checks are also known to have been issued by other pubs in Gornal, notably by the Limerick, Summit place.
Thomas Booth, the licensee of both The Red Lion in Abbey Road and The Crown, Ruiton during the 1930s also issued pub checks.
Bankruptcy notice in the London Gazette 1880.
John Greenaway was licensee 1877–1892.
Advert c1967
1875, Mary Matilda Turner.
1881, John Greenaway, age 35. [Census]
1896, Isaac Jones. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1901, Isaac Jones, age 51 with wife Matilda, among others was Eli Jones, son - brewer aged 20. [Census]
1911, Matilda Jones, age 54 widow, beerhouse keeper with son Eli, Brewer. [Census]
1916, Eli Jones.
Edward Flavell, beer retailer. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1938, John Robinson.
1928-1940, Eli Jones. [Kelly's Trade Directory]