Wolverhampton's Locally Listed Buildings

The New Inn

300 Bilston Road
(corner of Ettingshall Road and Dixon Street)

Listing:  The New Inn is a large roadside public house occupying a prominent corner position on the junction of Bilston Road and Ettingshall Road. It was built in 1937 to designs by the architects A T and Bertram Butler of Priory Street, Dudley to replace an earlier public house which was demolished to make way for improvements to Ettingshall Road. It is built of red brick with stone dressings under a slate roof of complex form involving a mixture of hips, gables, parapets and traditional eaves. There are single storey and full height canted bays of brick and stone. Windows are metal casements with leaded glazing in stone surrounds, the principal windows having also stone mullions and transomes. Internally, it has a large bar and separate smaller smoke room, both served from a centre bar servery, and a separate large function room with its own bar servery. It is a prominent local landmark and a relatively rare example of an inter‑war public house which survives, internally and externally, in virtually its original form.

Comment:  When built it would have been in an area already full of factories and housing but it is on the main road from Wolverhampton to Bilston and so might count as a version of a 1930s road house.  It stands on a complex junction and would have caught trade from all directions. 

In January 2006 it is closed for refurbishment.  As long as the interior maintains its original form this will be all to the good.

Above the doors, and in the name stone (which is in the canted bay window nearest Wolverhampton) the Banks's lion logo appears, proclaiming the original (and current) owners.