Digbeth Pub Trail
Joe Holyoak, architect and urban designer, gave a tour of Digbeth pubs as part of the Love Architecture Festival on 29 June 2013.
Some fascinating themes emerged from the histories of these pubs and the people who we spoke to on the walk. Firstly, before the Second World War, Digbeth was a densely populated area with terraces, back-to-back housing and factories crammed in with a multitude of pubs serving the community. Now many of these pubs have gone but their traces can still be seen on street corners throughout modern-day Digbeth. Another consistent theme is the sometimes difficult dynamic between residents and pubs, particularly music venues of which there have historically been a lot in Digbeth. The industrial nature of the area was commented on by our fellow walkers, as well as the fact that many of them hadn’t been into the pubs here before but that they certainly would again.
All in all, we had a fantastic day and spoke to some great people – this was thanks to everyone on the tour, the pubs of Digbeth and a few pints along the way! The message is: go and explore Digbeth’s great pub heritage!
The Birmingham Architecture Association were tweeting during the tour: their experience and pictures are shown below: