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Green Man, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

 

 

 
The Green Man was situated at 59 Oxford Street. This pub was closed and demolished in the 1980s. Known as The Market Hall Vaults between 1866 and 1894.
Source: Keith Lawrence
 
This pub was run by my grandparents and my father was brought up there. I have the back door key hanging on my kitchen wall!
Varie Parker (April 2012)
 
I lodged at the Green Man and Still, Monday to Thursday, for about five months from October 1965 - God, 50 years ago - whilst working on an overhead transmission line project in Halesowen.  I was 22 years old and had left home (Leeds) for the first time to make my way in the world.  Upon finding lodgings there, I wrote to my mother to tell her where I was staying.  Two days later, I had her reply.  Imagine my amazement when she told me that was the very place where my mother and father had met.  I knew that she had come from Ireland to work in the munitions factory at Summerfield, Kidderminster and that, on the boat coming over she had befriended another girl headed for the same factory.  She was/became my Aunt Eileen, her brother was working in Coventry and he had travelled across to see her.  The rest, as they say, is history.
I have two distinct memories of my time there;-
a) the horrors of the soft fried egg presented to me every morning for my breakfast - I detested them 
and
b) being woken one night by a copper brandishing a torch.  The landlord and landlady were partial to their own wares and often left the front door unlocked when they went to bed (and just as often locked me out, too, which meant I'd have to spend the night sleeping in my car).  Anyway, one night, PC Plod, having found the door unlocked, blundered into the pub in order to investigate - and the first thing he found was me at my slumbers.
I never did go back to live at home again, eventually spending 40 years in the Middle East and Africa.
Tom King (November 2015)
 

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Name Dates Comments
Frank Weaver 1970-1977 It was a great place to meet up and meet musically motivated people. Also Colin & Bob did a great job behind the bar.
Shirley Watkins (nee Hiett) 1940s/1950s My Aunty Lill used to run this pub with her mum,my cousins name was Norman,my mums name was Maud, We used to visit, as my mums father and Aunty Lils mum we’re brother and sister. Lost contact over the years. My family live in Cardiff.