RE: Vats of Birmingham

#21 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:21 pm

The last of the Birmingham Vats was the Golden Eagle Vat, founded by H Smith, and a bit of a mystery. The membership book of Ritual lists the pub as at Wasley, Birmingham. This could be an error as there is no Wasley but there is a Waseley on the southern outskirts of the city near the suburbs of Rednal and Rubery. There is no trace of a Golden Eagle pub in the area and it has been suggested that the Vat was not named after a pub, there have been sighting of Golden Eagles over the years around the nearby hills. A local suggested that the Vat could have been the pub on the island near the Lickey Hills ( with numerous names over the years - currently the Oak Tree ) or at the Rose and Crown Hotel within a few hundred yards of each other. The Lickey Hills and Rose Hill have long been popular destinations with tourists, day trippers and ramblers and both were, and still are, popular rest stops and watering holes.

The research is ongoing.

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