|Memories of Fazeley, written by Joseph T. Hunter in August 2008 when he was 88 years old.
The Watering Holes of FazeleyIn my time, Fazeley had three private clubs, one hotel and four pubs where one could buy alcohol.
There was the Drayton Manor Cricket and Social Club run by a committee, Tommy Burdett was the steward and Mr F Johnson, the secretary. Not far away in Lichfield Street was Broomfield House, a private club with a bowling green and tennis court run by Mr Pat Luby.
Further down the street on the opposite side of the road was and still is the Three Tuns with extensive stabling for canal horses. They also had stables across the street in Barratt Square, which were later converted into houses, the landlord was Horace Yates.
In Fazeley Square stood the White Lion Hotel where sir Robert Peel held his wedding reception. Lorenzo brown had been the licensee, but I remember it being Mr Morgan. The road junction was very narrow and a R.A.C patrolman was nearly always on duty controlling the traffic. When the hotel was finally demolished, Mr Morgan found employment at Middleton Hall, working for the Averill's as a gardener. One of his duties in the summer was getting the boat out on to Middleton pool and cutting the water lilies for despatch to smart hotels in London.
The field at the rear of the White Horse was used by Holloway's Touring Party. They had a huge marquee with a coke fired stove in the centre when the weather was cold, a stage and a cast of around five actors. The favourite play was Maria Martin In The Red Barn.
Occasionally, Pat Collins’ Amusement Fair used the field for their October Pleasure Fair and one year sparks from their coal fired steam engine (which supplied power for their amusements) set fire to the thatched cottage which stood alongside the Tamworth Road.
The Victory Club, formed I understand by returning servicemen from World War 1, still serves the public and has recently been refurbished. It stands near the Post Office in Coleshill Street.
In New Street we still have the Three Horseshoes, which was run by Dicky James whilst in Atherstone Street there was the White Horse run by Mr Hatton.
Last of all is the Plough and Harrow, an old coaching establishment with extensive outbuildings. In my early days it was run by Mr Cadwallender, who needed the space for he was a coffin maker by trade.