Red Lion 199 High Street, & The Old Crown, Digbeth, Birmingham
As you notice from my painting the nearest pub in the left-hand side where Our Lady Great Grandma is standing outside is called the “The Red Lion”, found in Francis Wright's 1855 Directory, it is at number 199 High St. 'The Red Lion (which is the one nearest, in this painting/photo, very little info found about this pub, when it was demolished unknown),
Red Lion as you can see was on the front of High Street but also it may surprise you the custard factory [or Devonshire Works] was there too - behind the pub! The complex that fronted High Street Deritend was, of course, added later. If you refer to the map below it shows the inn plus Devonshire Works. The factory was set up in the Devonshire Works in 1902 on the High Street.
In the back ground 'The Old Crown', is at No. 186 High Street. In 1368 - The Old Crown public house in Deritend is believed to have been constructed as a guildhall. If so, it is Birmingham's first school. But it is considered the oldest pub in Birmingham, It is Grade II* listed, retaining its “black and white” timber frame, although almost all of the present building dates from the early 16th century.
If you refer to these photos attached to the Certificate of Authenticity. The Old Crown also appears to have retail shops in its history.
As then & now it offers accommodation, but in the past to retain your licence to sell beer late in the night you had to offer your customers a bed for the night in many cases the landlord/licensee would be prepared to give up his/her bed for the customer. Therefore, many pubs were hotels. What a change in licence laws.
You will also notice the old Barclays Bank was built and now part of the Custard Factory complex.
'OS Map name 014/05', in Map of Birmingham and its Environs (Southampton, 1884-1891
Painting is named after Joseph Mee Hubbard to honour his memory of a man who lived and worked in Birmingham teaching his sport to children and the disadvantage.
Joseph Mee Hubbard (1846 – 1916) was born in Ibstock Leicestershire, he came to Birmingham to attend Kings Edwards Schools and spent the rest of his life in Birmingham town.
He served as Professor of Gymnastics from 1867 at both the BAC and BAI and worked in similar capacities at the YMCA plus both King Edwards Schools for girls & boy where is taught the sport.
During 1885 he also won several medals for gymnastics.
He married Louisa Jane Playfair in 1878, and died in 1916 serving almost 50 years.
Our Lady’s Great Grandma is coming from the Old Crown companying her is her friend.
This is painting is on display in Digbeth at Arches Project part of Hidden Talents Fine Art Exhibition. During Nov 2017
If you wish to view this wonderful painting it is now on sale exclusively at Pig & Tail Pub, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham