Bird In Hand

The original pub building at some time expanded into two terraced houses next to it to create a lounge room, which still has a coal fire.

The 1851 census lists George Salt as an innkeeper on New Street and likely refers to this pub, he is also listed as a Shoemaker.

In John Alcock’s 1888 Diary there is reference to him helping with Titterton’s accounts at the Bird in Hand. I don’t believe this is the same person who is the publican in the 1871 census however it is likely they were related.

It’s not clear why, but the license for this pub on 13th July 1923 was transferred as part of Cheadle’s Petty Court Sessions, from Elijah Hurst to James W. W. Plant.

A full license was awarded to this pub in 1961 enabling it to sell beer, wine and spirits, a petition containing 207 names was presented to the bench prior to the license been granted.

In 1973 the first annual dinner/dance event was organised by Mr and Mrs Lakin for pub regulars, over 100 guests attended.

A dinner dance was held by the Bird’s Social Club at the Guild Hall in 1976, entertainment was provided by the ‘Deep Purple Five’ for the 163 guests. That same night landlady Daisy Lakin awarded the Cheadle Skittles League Championship trophy to their team’s skipper Ronnie Allen.

By 1980 the pubs annual dinner dances were so popular they had become bi-yearly events and according to the local press become known as “the best do in Cheadle”.

Past Proprietors:

George Salt (1851 Census)
John Alcock
(1871 and 1881 Censuses)
Loton Titterton (1885 Cheadle Herald and John Alcock’s 1888 Diary) [until March 1889]
Hannah Burton (from March 1889] (1889 Cheadle Herald)
William James (1898 Cheadle Herald, Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1900 and 1901 Census)
Elijah Hurst [until July 13th 1923] (c.1910 Information, Cheadle Herald 1923)
James William Winkup Plant [from July 13th 1923] (Cheadle Herald 1923, Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1928 and 1932)
Ernest William Fairbanks (Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1940)
Wilf and Marjorie Boulton
[late 1960s]
Harry and Daisy Lakin
[from 1972 until 1982] (Cheadle Post and Times 1982)

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9 Responses to Bird In Hand

  1. Peter Beardmore says:

    My grandfather was James William Wincup Plant who kept the Bird in Hand. I have his marriage and death certificates. My mother was his daughter Ethel May. His brother kept the Rifleman at the time of JWW Plants death in 1936 before that the Rifleman was run by a James Plant who I think (but not sure) was my great grandfather. Before he went to the Bird in Hand JWW Plant had the New Inn at Mobberley and was I belive the last landlord there.

  2. kathy miller and merv gallagher says:

    We now keep the Bird,we have some early pictures which show the licensee to be Hannah Burton,according to the census she was here during the 1890s.We are trying to piece together the history and would like to see any pictures,please!

    • frederick hughes says:

      hi kathy my grand father was the inn keeper at the bird in hand in the 1871 census he was a farmer and the inn keeper at the age of 71 if you have any photos of him could i get a copy thanks

  3. Mrs Helen Wilson-Ball (nee Plant) says:

    Ref to your article in this weeks Cheadle and Tean Times about the New Inn at Mobberley. My dad James William Plant was born at the New Inn at Mobberley. He sadly passed away in Feb.2002. He was the youngest brother of Ethel May and Dora Mary as Peter Beardmore describes in the above statement. His father then moved to the bird in hand in Cheadle. Dad was well known as a bus inspector for PMT buses now known as First.

  4. Peter Beardmore says:

    Hi Mike

    Wilf and Marjorie Boulton kept the Bird in hand I think that was in the late 1960s

  5. susan corbett says:

    Hi Peter,
    Your G grandparents were indeed James William Plant b.1864-1926 and Mary Winkup b.1865-1937 and they ran the Riflemans Arms, after Mary retired, there son Frank Albert Plant (brother to your grandfather) ran the pub. Mary went to live in a cottage joined onto the pub.

  6. Nari Fairbanks says:


    Just wondering if there was any more information about Ernest William Fairbanks, don’t have him in my tree but possible ancestor, just curious as my Fairbanks ancestors where associated with the Bird in the Hand pub at Hilderstone, Staffordshire, it’s mentioned a lot on census and BDM certs although I don’t think any of them actually ran it.

    • Dave Martin says:

      Ernest William Fairbanks served in the Welsh Guards in WW1 and won a Military Medal for gallantry. He is listed on the 1939 Register as living in the Inn but his occupation was a bras caster furnaceman heavy industry

  7. Dave Martin says:

    Ernest William Fairbanks was still residing at the Inn when he died in 1957. Information from probate register.

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