Part of a topic contained in the BBC
web series Peoples War.
Because of the constant bombing of the industrial
area around Birmingham, a lot of folk went into the countryside and even changed
jobs if possible. I was one of them! It got so bad at the BSA with the air raids
starting before I could get back home, that it was decided I should leave there.
For a time I stayed with my sister Evelyn and brother-in-law Mick in Sutton
Coldfield. They had moved into a new house in Springfield Road not far from the
little pub called The Anvil. It was quite countrified in that area, fairly rural
and not many bombs were being dropped there, so I felt a lot safer.
I do know that a small part of the present Anvil
set up is 'protected', I believe it is an old stable block. During the
period of time that I have used the Anvil (I played for the Darts Team) I have
seen it go from a washed out, dead pub with watered beer, (which I didnt
use) to a thriving pub taken
on and revived by Martin Bayliss. It went downhill again during an abortive
attempt by a local resident to run it and actually closed down for about three
months before being taken on by a Tamworth publican (who also owns the Boot,
another pub previously owned by Martin). This is how it stands at present
(2012 This did not last long either, by 2020 it has seen several owners). There is precious little online regarding the
Anvil. Incidentally, if you read this and intend a visit, the pub no longer does
food nor does it even have a phone number. Traffic fumes and beer and smoke make a nice
afternoon interlude on the tables outside!! Nevertheless the pub is situated
with a nice view across the fields which you can see through the cigarette smoke
being exhaled in the Bar and Lounge doorways.