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The Vines

The Vines, present day
The Vines, present day

 

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The Vines, 1920s
The Vines, 1920s
Image courtesy of Freddy O'Connor


Albert B. Vines opened the pub in 1867. In 1907, Walkers took over and rebuilt it in this exuberant baroque style. The architect was a very interesting character; Walter Thomas. He also designed the Phil. pub and had a hand in designing the Crown.

Click here to view a panoramic image of the Vines interior

He was quite an interesting character, a jovial man, of large proportions, always immaculately dressed, wore spats and made a great marriage. He married into the Lewis family and they gave him the task of designing the Lewis’s store, the store that was damaged in the blitz.

Click here to view a panoramic image of the Vines ceiling

He also designed the Coffee House in Wavertree. Alderman Berkley Walker took this place over in 1907. Walker was the man who gave us our famous art gallery in 1877. The Vines itself is one of the only pubs in the British Isles that can boast its own art collection.



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