Vats of Birmingham

#1 by Ian , Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:09 pm

So far to date, 19 Vats have been identified in Birmingham - that is if you include two vats in Sutton Coldfield which was not part of Birmingham back in the days of the AOFB. Two venues had two Vats - the Upper Grounds Hotel, Bevington Road, Aston ( the Upper Grounds Vat and Villa Vat ) and the
White Lion Hotel on the edge of the City Centre ( No.1 Birmingham Vat and the White Lion Vat ).

Time waits for no man - and definitely not pubs, at the rate at which they are closing - and sadly a lot of the premises are no longer licensed but some of the buildings still stand even if they are no longer in use as watering holes and some have been demolished to make way for something new.


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RE: Vats of Birmingham

#2 by Ian , Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:08 pm

The Upper Grounds Hotel in Bevington Road, Aston had two Vats - both founded by landlord G Pittaway.
The first was the Upper Grounds Vat and he later founded the Villa Vat by which time G Pittaway had attained the AOFB rank of blaster. The Upper Grounds Vat speaks for itself - the Villa Vat maybe not so obvious until you look at the location and find it is on the corner of Bevington Road and Trinity Road in sight of Villa Park and the Trinity Road stand.


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#3 by Ian , Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:23 pm

The White Lion Vat and the No.1 Birmingham Vat were the other two Vats at the same venue - the White Lion Hotel , Horsefair, on the edge of the City Centre. Both were founded by landlord A G Oliver. Sadly the White Lion Hotel is no more - it ceased to be the White Lion in the 1990's - but the building still exists, at the time of writing it is a bar, restaurant and nightclub called Scarlets although there are rumours that it may be having financial difficulties. Only a couple of minutes walk along the Horsefair onto the Bristol Street and you come to another of the Birmingham Vats the Wellington Vat.

The Beetham Tower can be seen in the distance from the present day Scarlets as seen in the attached picture.


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#4 by Ian , Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:26 pm

The Wellington Vat is one of the few unchanged Birmingham Vats - still bearing it's original name of the Wellington Hotel - and still a hotel and bar today. Sited on the corner of Bristol Street and Bromsgrove Street it can hardly be missed with it's current two tone green paint scheme.

Another of the Birmingham Vats - the White Lion Hotel - can be seen in the distance in the picture off Google Streetview - just to the right of the Beetham Tower ( turquiose coloured skyscraper ).


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#5 by frothy , Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:45 pm

Great information Ian


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#6 by Ian , Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:41 pm

The last of the Birmingham Vats in the City Centre was the Midland Vat at the Midland Hotel. The hotel still exists today but is now called the Burlington Hotel. The original entrance was on Stephenson Street ( the main entrance now is via an arcade off New Street) . The lower 'vaults' of the current hotel has an interesting bar and restaurant called Bacchus, well worth a visit if you're passing.

The Vat was founded Frank Swain who went on to attain the AOFB rank of Grand Typhoon. The Vat held an Inaugral Dinner in either January or February 1927, and during the dinner AOFB Monsoon Bert Ansell paid the princely sum of £100 for membership book number 200,000. A further £85 pounds was raised for the AOFB funds through fines and the oast box.

Some years later in 1968, the Midland Hotel, was where Enoch Powell delivered his ' Rivers of blood' speech


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#7 by Ian , Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:33 pm

The Kings Arms Vat was at the Kings Arms, Sutton Coldfield on the Coleshill Road, the founder being landlord Randolph Boycott. Another one of the Vats that still bears it's original name and is still a going concern today, although it has been closed for lengthy periods on the past decade or two - but now seems to be enjoying a revival after a major interior refit.


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#8 by Templer , Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:37 pm

I think the Vat members would have approved of the outside decor as well Ian.


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RE: Vats of Birmingham

#9 by Ian , Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:39 pm

Another Sutton Coldfield Vat was The Cup Vat and the Cup Inn on the Birmingham Road, Lower Parade. The founder of the Vat is unknown as the membership book of ritual refers to the Vat Steward as the Honorary Secretary of the Cup Inn. The pub is still a going concern and is now called the Cup of Maney.


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#10 by Ian , Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:03 pm

The Cape of Good Hope Vat was at the bottom of Cape Hill . Mitchells and Butlers Cape Hill Brewery was further up the hill ( it closed in 2002 ). The Cape of Good Hope Inn sat on the junction of Dudley Road and Grove Lane, founded by E Moore. Originally built in 1814 - the Vat was the third building of the same name on the site and was erected in 1925 . Sadly the pub is now more and has been redeveloped, and McDonalds drive through stands where it once did.


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#11 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:38 pm

The Brewery Vat was at the Wylde Green on the Birmingham Road on the run into Sutton Coldfield from Erdington. The pub has changed hands many times over the years, it has a lovely bowling green, and has just been converted into a Hungry Horse Pub at the end of 2011. The picture dates from a year or two earlier.


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#12 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:56 pm

The Brunswick Vat was founded by H Linell at the Brunswick Club, 464 Moseley Road. The buiilding still exist today but not in it's original capacity.


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#13 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:03 pm

Blaster H Linell also founded the Coach and Horses Vat at the Coach and Horses in Mary Steet, around 200 yards from the Brunswick Club Vat. It is not known whether he was running both at the same time or one after the other.


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#14 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:12 pm

Another Vat in the vicinity of both the Brunswick Vat and Coach and Horses Vat was the New Inns Vat. Founded by landlord Gilbert Brown it also on the Moseley Road a couple of hundred yards from what was the Brunswick. As of the end of 2011 the pub is closed and boarded up - fate as yet unknown, but it has been closed since the Summer of 2010.


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#15 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:25 pm

The Constitutional Club Vat was founded by R Lincoln at the East Birmingham Constitutional Club, 111 Bloomsbury Street, Nechells. The club is no more being demolished in either the 1950's or 1960's. The plot where the club once stood has since been redeveloped further.


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#16 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:29 pm

The Kings Arms Hotel Vat was founded by Blaster F.G.Laight at the Kings Arms Hotel, Kings Heath on the Alcester Road South. A large mock Tudor building it is still a going concern today as the Kings Arms and is part of the Ember Inn chain.


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#17 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:42 pm

Another Kings Heath Vat was the Ye Olde Red Lion Vat, at the Old Red Lion, Vicarage Road, founded by W. Elcock. The pub is still a going concern and is another in the Ember Inns chain.


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#18 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:57 pm

The Springfield Vat was founded by Blaster Percy E. Harper at The Springfield, 266 Solihull Road.
It is another pub that is no more, but the building does still exist and is a restaurant and Banqueting Suite.


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#19 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:03 pm

Blaster Harry Calver was the founder of the Old House at Home Vat at the Old House at Home, Lordwood Road, Harbourne. The pub is still a going concern and is a gastro pub and has a Wacky Warehouse.


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#20 by Ian , Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:23 pm

The Kings Head Vat was founded at the Kings Head, on the junction of Hagley Road and Bearwood Road, Harbourne by Blaster S. W. B. Stephens. The pub is still a going concern and like most places today is a gastropub. It has recently had a complete refit costing £1.5 million. The pub has it's own website : http://thekingsheadbirmingham.com/about.html


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