National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Drinking Monks


Type Mural , Panel

     Two mosaics of monks, each within a wooden alcove at first floor level. The left monk is smiling and holding a pitcher. The right monk holds a pint of foaming ale. Both are dressed in blue hooded cloaks with brown tunics.
     The building seems to have become an inn around 1813. Before this, there may have been a small priory house belonging to the White Canons of Halesowen Abbey on the site, which would account for the choice of name for the public house. The mosaics of the monks were commissioned during the modernization of the Priory Inn in 1969. It remained a public house until the early 1980s, since when the building has been converted into a shop.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
unknown, None Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Mosaics (2) Polychrome mosaic 170cm high x 50cm wide
Poitched roof alcove Wood, painted black 200cm high x 60cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwaWAvh027 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Park Street
Precise location On the fa├žade of First Sport store
A-Z ref 33 2G
OS ref SP986012
Date of design 1969
Year of unveiling 1969
Unveiling details 1969
Commissioned by Priory Inn
Duty of care First Sport
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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