Horace Charles Batkin (1920 – 1969)
Following his demob
from the R.A.F, my father Horace Batkin, took up one of the family’s
stock-in trades as a hairdresser.
By the 20th century, the Batkin family had moved
away from farming in north Staffordshire and moved into what today
would be thought of as “service industries” carrying out such work
as Inn keeping and hairdressing.
The family were involved with several public houses in the
town including the Viaduct and Red lion in Horseley fields, the
Fieldhouse and Little swan in Tettenhall and the Royal oak in
Tettenhall wood. The
move to Penn was a natural choice, as my father knew the area well,
having attended St Bartholomew’s School during his formative years.
His grandfather was publican at the “Royal Oak” in Tettenhall Wood
and that was where my father was born.
He started to attend Tettenhall Wood school but contracted
tuberculosis and the family were told by the family doctor that he
needed “fresh country air” to assist his recuperation.
This was achieved by moving to Penn, which was then still
remote and rural. I
have a theory that the family may have been associated with a pub in
the Penn area, possibly near the common, although so far, searches
through records have drawn a blank.