A Shifnal Band at the pub

Shifnal, Shropshire. A band standing outside the White Hart pub, c. 1905. The landlord was Charles J. Miller, who lived there with his wife Catherine, mother Susan, sister Martha, and three daughters Violet, Lily, and Rose. He took over the pub some time after 1901.

The band is unknown, but could be one of the several Shifnal bands of the time – Shifnal Brass Band (1881-1938), Shifnal Coronation Band (1890-1910), Shifnal Military Brass Band (1902-?), Shifnal Volunteers Band (1890’s-). The first two may have been different manifestations of the same outfit – I don’t have any information showing them active at the same. Until yesterday this photo’s location was unknown, but by using the ‘crowd’ brainpower of the “Unidentified photos of the British Isles Group” on Facebook, it was quickly shown to be Shifnal. The pub is still there, but the surrounding houses have gone/been replaced.

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