Three Digbeth pubs: The Woodman, Eagle And Tun and Fox And Grapes, are all at risk of being levelled when the Curzon Street interchange for HS2 is built. However, plans include the possibility of preserving them all as “heritage assets”.
Although all three pubs are currently closed, and one is locally listed, this doesn’t offer any protection (see the Island House saga). The buildings are significant enough to warrant an application for listed status:
- The Woodman, in Albert Street, was built in 1897 and is noted for its facade by the Birmingham architects, James and Lister Lea.
- The Eagle And Tun, in Banbury Street, was used by Birmingham band UB40 to film the video for Red Red Wine in the 1980s. The pub is locally listed and was built in the late 19th century, again on a design by James and Lister Lea.
- The Fox And Grapes, in Park Street, is the oldest, dating back as far as the late 17th century. It was included in the same legal clause that was meant to protect Island House, which is a concern.
Hopefully by highlighting this issue as soon as possible, residents and interested parties will act now: we may be able to save some of Digbeth’s heritage, before it is all bulldozed in the name of progress.