BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in May 2002We've left it here for reference.More information

22 August 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Liverpool - Local History

BBC Homepage
Local History

Get into History
Living History
Mersey Times
My Merseyside Memory
Contact info

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!


The Vines

The Vines, present day
The Vines, present day


audio Hear the history of the Vines
  Real Player required: More info

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.

This Section
Pub Index
The Crown
American Bar
Current Journey
Lime Street History
Empire Theatre
St George's Hall
Punch & Judy
Lime St Station
Maggie May
Pubs & Bars
Adelphi Hotel
How To Do History
Local Links
Trace your family tree
My Merseyside Memory
Contact Us
If you have anything to contribute to this page, or any others, then please get in touch:
Tel: 0151 794 0980
BBC Liverpool, 55 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 3BP

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy