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'Nothing to do with race' - pub firm defends changing name of Bewdley's Black Boy after 200 years

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 22/09/2021 Jane Tyler

Bosses of an historic pub called The Black Boy have denied a name change after 200 years was due to any racial considerations.

The Black Boy in Bewdley is now called The Bewdley Inn - with the leaseholders previously telling BirminghamLive they believed owners Stonegate Pubs "wanted it changed because of Black Lives Matter".

The building in Kidderminster Road, Wribbenhall, dates back nearly 600 years and has been known as The Black Boy since the early 19th Century and, before that, was the Blackamoors Head.

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But Solihull-based pub Stonegate said the decision was instead taken because the pub now offered accommodation.

A spokeswoman said: “Following investment in our accommodation, we have changed our name to The Bewdley Inn to reflect our new business offer with letting rooms.”


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There is a second Black Boy pub in Bewdley - at the top of Wyre Hill - which has not changed its name.

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There are hundreds of pubs across Britain called The Black Boy - including a family-owned premises in Knowle.

Historians believe the name originates from the nickname given to King Charles II by his mother because of his dark hair and complexion.

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At one point there were five Black Boy pubs in Bewdley because of the town's Royalist connections during the Civil War.

a man in a dark room: The picture of King Charles II which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery © National Portrait Gallery The picture of King Charles II which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery

Another theory is that the name refers to the "black" colour little boys turned after they became covered in soot when they were sent up chimneys.

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