Description: Old Blue Ball Public House
Date Listed: 29 October 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 219299
OS Grid Reference: SO9859895462
OS Grid Coordinates: 398598, 295462
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5570, -2.0221
SANDWELL MB HALL END
SO 9895 SE
11/87 No 19 (Old Blue Ball
Public house. Early to mid-C19. Rendered brick with slate roof. Two storeys.
Two bays. On the ground floor are timber canted bay windows linked by a timber
fascia. The first floor windows are sashed with glazing bars. Door between
bays. Chimneys on gables in front of ridge. The pub is known locally as
"Spittle's" because of its former landlord Jonah Spittle (1765 - 1844) who
organised cock fights on adjacent land and was one of the subjects of the
well-known broadside ballad "Wedgebury Cocking":
"At Wedgebury there was a cocking,
A match between Newton and Scroggins,
The colliers and nailors left work
And to Old Spittle's went jogging.
To see this noble sport,
Many noble men resorted,
And though they'd little money,
With that they freely sported ....."
"The cock pit was near to the church,
an ornament unto the town.
On one side was an old coal pit,
The other well gors'd around ....."
(Raven, J: The Urban and Industrial Songs of the Black Country and Birmingham,
1977, pp 110 - 115).
Listing NGR: SO9859895462
Source: English Heritage
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