Villa Tavern

14 Aug 2001
Villa Tavern, Nechells Park Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 5PD
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


997/7/10209 Villa Tavern


Public house. Rebuilt 1924-5 by Matthew J. Butcher of Birmingham for Ansells Brewery Ltd. Red brick with buff terracotta detailing. Cement tiled roof. Ridge and eaves stacks. PLAN. L-shaped plan, occupying street corner site, with public bar and club axially placed, and with small smoke room behind. EXTERIOR. 2 storeys, with 6-bay frontage to Holborn Hill, a 3-bay frontage to Nechells Park Road, and between, at the corner angle, doorway set beneath a shallow semi-circular arched canopy. Nechells Park Road elevation with a canted bay window and two entrance doors. Holborn Hill elevation with off-centre paired doorways, 3, 2-light windows to the left and 2, 2-light windows to the right. On the first floor flat pilasters with alternating brick and terracotta blocks define the bays. Terracotta head and cill bands , and above, a cornice and deep plain parapet which is broken by segmental pediments, one to each frontage, and a chimney gablet to the Holborn Hill elevation. INTERIOR. Little- altered plan based around 3 public rooms, all retaining fixed wall seating and fire surrounds ,and contemporary public bar counter and back with round arches and mirror glass. Half-glazed panelled doors with rectangular overlights, throughout, those to public rooms with etched glass identifying their function. Tiled flooring to entrance lobbies and hall. Green and buff tiled dado to the Holborn Hill entrance lobby and hall area behind. Bell-pushes in the smoke and club rooms. In the bar, smoke room and hall raised bands of decoration in the ceilings follows the shape of the rooms. This public house is unusual for the survival of its 1925 plan and the contemporary fittings. Architecturally it displays the greater simplicity associated with post-First World War public houses but the internal arrangements are reminiscent of smaller Victorian pubs rather than the inter-War 'improved' variety. SOURCE: Birmingham Archives, Birmingham Building Plans 38518.

Listing NGR: SP0923489224


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0616 IOE Records taken by Geoff Dowling; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Geoff Dowling. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Dowling, Geoff

Rights Holder: Dowling, Geoff


Brick, Cement, Terracotta, Tile, 20th Century Public House, Commercial, Licensed Premises, Eating And Drinking Establishment, Recreational