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Miner's Arms

Industrial History Feature

Old Miners Arms Public House sign (Priest Weston, 2004)

Background

Inns are plentiful in every mining area in Britain. The larger and more prosperous the mines were, the more frequent and grand were the public houses. In some cases the public houses would belong to the mine owners and would be where they paid the miners - encouraging them to "drink" their wages!

Public houses were often named after local land-owners or nearby trades or industries. In mining districts "The Miners Arms" was a common name.

Bridge Hotel (formerly the Miners Arms), Minsterley

Minsterley

The Miner's Arms at Minsterley stands at a road junction (now a traffic island) beside a bridge over the Hope brook. When the mines in the area closed it changed it's name to "The Bridge Hotel".

However, it closed in 2013 and has been converted into a dwelling.

National Grid Reference: SJ 375 050

The Miner's Arms, former public house

The Bog

The public house near the Bog lead mine was also called The Miner's Arms and remained a pub long after the mine closed.

In the 1960's, it was converted into a private dwelling, and more recently it has become a holiday cottage.

National Grid Reference: SO 357 977

The Old Miners Arms, Priest Weston, Powys

The Old Miners Arms Public House sign (Priest Weston, 2008)Priest Weston

Only the "Old Miners Arms" at Priest Weston survives as a public house today - serving some excellent real ales. Although the pubs new sign is more representative of a coal mining district rather than the metal mining area in which it is situated.

National Grid Reference: SO 293 972

 

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