The Black Horse Pub, Stratford Rd, Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Birmingham
The pub in Sparkbrook on the corner of Kyotts Lake Rd and Stratford Rd was the Black Horse. The old locals would say it is a real old spit and sawdust pub opposite Vale Onslow.
If you look carefully at the entrance, you’ll see the intricate plaque for the Black Horse Pub. The Black Horse was re-built in 1880 and was one of Sparkbrook’s many Irish pubs, originally home to the local brewers Edkins and Guy. In 1967 study into Sparkbrook by the sociologists John Rex and Robert Moore called the Irishness at the Black Horse “overwhelming…A notice tells of a cheap weekend trip to Dublin arranged by the pub’s own social club and it is not uncommon for someone to come around selling Irish political newspapers or tracts.”
It is rumoured that the Black Horse derived its name from the symbol for Lloyd’s Bank, as the Lloyd family owned a house in Farm Park nearby.
Vale-Onslow Motorcycles, which expanded from its humble origins in the 1930s to occupy around eight adjacent properties, is now surrounded by scaffolding as the brickwork is becoming overrun by nature.
This painting was commissioned by Customer as a fond memory to her nan as the Black Horse was her local for many years until it closed it door finally.