Bird in Hand
Bird in Hand

Pictured January 2020

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Bird in Hand
Bird in Hand

Unknown Year Image courtesy of the Cheadle and District Historical Society

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James WW Plant outside Bird in Hand
James WW Plant outside Bird in Hand

Picture taken around 1923 Image courtesy of the late Peter Beardmore

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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. This  presumably refers to licensee Loton Titterton, who was also a butcher.

The pub was owned by the Burton Brewery Co. in 1907, when the pub's licence was almost not renewed. The following year, planning permission for a series of internal improvements was granted.

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 - at this time the pub was owned by Ind Coope (West Midlands) Ltd.


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”.

The pub was most recently refurbished in 2016, by owners 'Darwin Inns' and has since won two CAMRA awards:


Staffordshire Moorlands Sub Branch Pub of the Season (Winter 2017)
Staffordshire Moorlands Urban Pub of the year 2019 (Highly commended).


During the COVID-19 lock down, the inside of the pub was decorated and a beer delivery service was offered.


Past Proprietors:

George Salt (1851 Census)
John Alcock (Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 1857, 1871 and 1881 Censuses)
Loton Titterton (Cheadle Herald 1885 and John Alcock’s 1888 Diary) [until March 1889]
Hannah Burton [from March 1889] (1889 Cheadle Herald)
William James (Cheadle Herald 1898, Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1900 and 1901 Census)
John James (Staffordshire Sentinel 1905)
Elijah Hurst (Staffordshire Sentinel 1908, Cheadle Herald 1923) [until July 13th 1923]
James William Winkup Plant [from July 13th 1923] (Cheadle Herald 1923, Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1928 and 1932) [until 1936]
Ernest William Fairbanks (Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1940)

Ellen Fairbanks (Staffordshire Sentinel 1950)
Wilf and Marjorie Boulton (Licensing  Record 1961)
Harry and Daisy Lakin [from 1972 until 1982] (Cheadle Post and Times 1982)

Kathy Miller and Merv Gallagher (2011)