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The Red Lion
The Red Lion, 11 Bank Road, [Abbey Road], Gornal Wood.
This mid-Victorian pub looks across the bus station in Abbey Road, the gable end of the building has a distinct cut-away look.
Thomas Malpass was nicknamed the 'Pokey Mon' or 'Pokey' and the locals often refered to the Red Lion as Pokey's.
He became much a local character because of his love for practical jokes.
Thomas Booth bought the Red Lion in 1935 and extended the brewery to help suppy his other licenced establishments around the Black Country, including the Crown, Ruiton.
Both Thomas Malpass and Thomas Booth issued brass tokens from the Red Lion.
Next door to the Red Lion, a toilet block was built.
Responsibility and maintenance for this was transferred from the brewery to Sedgley UDC in 1956.
The Public Convenience finally closed sometime around 2010 and remains closed.
Licensees:
1880, Edward Guest. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1890, Elizabeth Guest.
1891, Thomas Malpass. [Census]
1896-1904, Thomas Malpass. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1901, Thomas Malpass. [Census]
1911, Thomas Malpass, Publican aged 50. [Census]
1921-1924, Thomas Malpass, beer retailer. [Kelly's Trade Directory]
1928-1931, William Jones.
1936-1940, Thomas Booth, beer retailer. [Kelly's Trade Directory]

Origin of the pub name 'Red Lion'

This is currently the most popular pub name in Britain, with over 500 pubs so named.
Heraldic origins, perhaps taken from the coat-of-arms or crest of landed gentry.

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