Harp, 22 Market Street
|These premises have been known by different names during their history:||FROM||TO||NAME|
|1886||1925||MARKET VAULTS, MARKET (HALL) TAVERN, HOLE IN THE WALL|
The harp is usually a symbol of Ireland. It was first adopted by Henry VIII as the Irish badge, while James I was the first monarch to include it in the royal arms. From 1845 it was the WELCH HARP. On the town planning map of 1888 it is the MARKET VAULTS.
In 1910 it was advertising 'home brewed ales' and is said to have been nicknamed the 'HOLE IN THE WALL' due to a large cartoon which hung on the wall behind the bar!
In 1901 Allard Motorcycles was taken over by the Birmingham Motor Manufacturing Co, who created a new enterprise called the Rex Motor Manufacturing Co in larger works on Osborne Road. Frederick Allard enjoyed a new career as licensee of the Market Vaults.|
LICENSEES:LICENSEES: (the HARP) 1835 Robert Shaw LICENSEES: (the WELCH HARP) 1850 - 1851 George Lockington 1861 - 1868 William Brown 1871 - 1881 Lidia Brown LICENSEES: (the MARKET VAULTS) 1886 - 1896 J. Phillips 1903 - 1927 Frederick W. Allard
Street plan of 1851