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The Bartons Arms, High Street, Newtown (Aston), Birmingham

This is the Grade II* listed pub in the Newtown area of Birmingham (in the Aston ward) called The Bartons Arms. I saw it passing it, and got it since I switched buses here.

 

With icy snowy pavements.

 

Got these shots from the pedestrian traffic crossing in the middle of the High Street. Didn't get full on proper views as I didn't go around that side for them.

 

From wikipedia:

 

The Bartonss Arms (grid reference SP072890) is a pub in the High Street (part of the A34) of Aston, Birmingham, England, in the Newtown area.

 

Built in 1901 by noted pub architects James and Lister Lea, it is a grade II* listed building, famous for its wall-to-wall Minton-Hollins tiles and its snob screens, which allowed middle class drinkers to see working class drinkers in an adjacent bar, but not to be seen by them.

 

Laurel and Hardy once stayed there, after appearing at the adjacent Aston Hippodrome (now demolished, replaced by The Drum Arts Centre), and were photographed serving beer from behind the bar.

 

On July 28, 2006, the pub was damaged by fire, reportedly caused by an electrical fault.

 

The pub features in the 1999 Atom Egoyan Birmingham-set film Felicia's Journey. It also features in the 2006 novel by Ron Dawson, The Last Viking: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Heist. The gang which pull off the robbery meet in the pub.

   

Built 1900-01 to the designs of James and Lister Lea for Mitchells and Butler. The

3 storey building stands on a prominent corner site with Potters Lane. Restrained

Jacobean style elevations with Dutch gables. Ashlar ground floor with broad

depressed arched 3 light windows with inset flanking colonettes. Cornice over,

returned across bevelled corner with segmental pediment above doorway to south front

with 2 storey ashlar canted bay with curved sides, arcaded ground floor lights,

cornices and strapwork parapet. Upper floors otherwise of red brick, the window

bays articulated by pilasters. Pilastered canted stone bay windows to lst floor with

leaded swept roofs. Thin tripartite second floor windows with sharply swept

pediments, rising from cornice, set against brickwork of the Dutch gables. The

ground floor windows have very fine frosted glass and leaded stained glass, an

indication of the splendours of the interior. The Bartons Arms interior is the best

example of the period in Birmingham, retaining a complete suite of Public Bar,

Saloon-Smoke Rooms, Club Room, Committee Room and Billiard Hall on 2 floors, lavishly

decorated in polychrome Minton tilework, cut and silvered mirrored glass, panelled

woodwork and with a very ornate cast iron staircase with lamp standards surmounting

the tiled newel posts, ornate plaster ceilings and Jacobean overmantel fireplaces.

Good pictorial tiled panels in staircase hall, reset large painted glass window with

naturalistic flower surround to medieval scene of host entertaining and another fine

stained and silvered glass window on half landing of staircase. The mahogany bar

has good snob screen with engraved glass in panels. Bench seating, that in Smoke

Room to east, with canted bay, having engraved silvered glass in panels above the back

rests. The staircase walls are entirely tiled and the balustrade has bold floral

scrolled ironwork. The Club Room, Committee Room and Billiards Hall are on the first

floor, again good glass to doors and plasterwork ceilings. The Billiard Hall has a

central column with ornate capital supporting boss from which radiate panelled

beams. The intactness of this pub interior and the wealth of tilework make it the

best example of its date in Birmingham.

 

The Bartons Arms - Heritage Gateway

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Taken on January 8, 2010