Fowlea Bank, Basford
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Fowlea Bank, Basford

The Queen's:

In 1769, Robert Emery, a farmer from Derbyshire, built the what became the "Queen's Arms" public house at the top of Fowlea Bank. (The term "Basford Bank" did not come into general use until the beginning of the 19th century.)

In 1795 the public house and surrounding estate were described as

"A Copyhold Estate, situate at Foley Bank, containing about 16 Acres of land with a large and good Brick house of three stories high, well known by the sign of the Queens Arms, Stable, Hogsties, Ballyard, Garden and Bowling Green thereto belonging, now in the occupation of Mr Charles Coxon, at the yearly rent of 48."

Charles Coxon was the tenant between c.1784 and 1805.

First built in 1769 and re-built in 1881 the public house has had a variety of names over the years:

"New Inn", "Queen's Arms", "The Bowling Green Inn", "The Belle View Inn", "The Queen's Head Inn", "The Queen's Hotel" and now simply "The Queen's" 

The Queens - 2008
The Queens - 2008

1878 OS map of the original Queen's
1878 OS map of the original Queen's
note the Bowling Green next to the inn

The Queens Arms public house occupied a prominent position on the edge of the Potteries and for that reason was a favoured meeting place for local friendly societies.

For example, the Staffordshire Advertiser reported in 1822 that the First Etruria Friendly Society, consisting of 429 members......

"proceeded in the usual manner to Basford and partook of an excellent and sumptuous dinner provided by Mr Greaves."

(John Greaves was the landlord between c.1810 and 1836).

The bowling green attached to the public house also attracted a "respectable" clientele and the season was opened by a dinner for subscribers at the public house towards the end of May each year.

This aspect of its trade was developed by Henry Platt who became the tenant in 1861......he renamed the pub "The Bowling Green Inn" and in 1864 he changed the name again to "The Belle View Inn."

In that year the first proper running track in the Potteries was laid out next to the pub and a meeting organised for August consisting of a one mile handicap open to "All England". First prize was a patent lever stop watch, with second and third prizes being 1 and 10s respectively. Admission to the ground was 6d and the meeting was well supported by local people some of whom came by way of Etruria Station at the bottom of Basford Bank.

In 1869 the public house was described as follows:

"The Premises are situated in a most healthy neighbourhood, on an elevation, commanding a large and beautiful view. The House contains two vaults, one 90 feet long, smoke room, tap room, large kitchen, two cellars, and room for storage of 200 barrels of ale, a large club room upstairs, and seven bedrooms. There is close to the house a boarded recreation ground, bowling green, about six acres of pasture land, a large banqueting hall, dancing platform and orchestra. Good stabling. Dinners and teas have been provided for parties residing at a distance to the number of four or five thousand persons, and entire satisfaction given in all instances."

In 1873 Henry Platt left to take over the Rudyard Lake Hotel and five years later the public house and adjacent property were bought by Henry Parker for 8,500.

His company, Parkers Burslem Brewery Company, rebuilt the public house (around 1881)  renaming it "The Queens Hotel".

The company also erected 6 houses known as "Bell Vue Terrace" on Etruria Road in 1887, and 14 houses known ass "Parkers Terrace" in Brick Kiln Lane. The latter development was demolished during the construction of the A500.

Andrew Dobraszczyc's notes


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