Seen by chance during a web search:

lad lane nowYears ago BBC News reported that analysis of the timber frames of the Lad in the Lane pub in Erdington proved it was built in the spring at the end of the 14th Century. Dendrochronology – analysing ring patterns – on timbers in the oldest part of the house found a match to known patterns from 1400.

This  makes the house 25 years older than the previous oldest, the New Shipton Barn in Sutton Coldfield, 50 years older than the BBC Restoration prize-winning Old Grammar School in Kings Norton. The building is almost 100 years older than the Old Crown in Deritend, the oldest building in the city continuously used as a pub.

Earlier it was known as The (or Ye Old) Green Man:

lad lane when green man

 Details from English Heritage’s listed buildings database:

“One of the oldest inns in the country. The existing building of C14/C15 origin but much altered and enlarged in the 1930s. Timber framed, open hall of 3 bays divided by a cruck truss*, considerably cut about and with modern rafters and studding. Two more pairs of crucks in the south wall. At the north end is a 2 storey crosswing, probably of early C16 build, close studded with jowled corner posts. Cambered tie beam and collar with raking struts to central truss, exposed storey posts. Externally the west gable of wing has close studding with curved braces. Modern brick infill and fenestration.”

There are many entries on the internet about psychic research carried out on the premises.

*A cruck or crook frame is a curved timber, one of a pair, which supports the roof of a building, used particularly in England. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruck

 

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