Knowle Landlord’s notorious daughter

Come and see the story in our latest exhibition in the Knowle Local History Centre!

Dorothy Ward, star of pantomime and theatrical comedy was born in Birmingham and once lived in Knowle. Her father was landlord of ‘The White Swan’ public house in the late 1890s. The White Swan was situated where the NatWest bank now stands. Dorothy was purported to be “The Most Famous Principal Boy” ever. Perhaps not just famous but infamous might also be applied to Dorothy whose theatrical life had an element of notoriety about it. Come and see our exhibition to find out why.