Rebuilt around 1880, the Hen and Chickens is an unusual building for Birmingham. The three-storey public house could almost be mistaken for a London pub as it boasts a flamboyant frontage of yellow brick with ceramic, red brick, stone and terracotta dressings. Featuring a splayed corner, the detailing is Italianate so is a treasured component of Birmingham's pub landscape. The original tavern was of some antiquity but was replaced by William Jones, owner of an early Birmingham pub retail company which re-branded every property as The Criterion. The building was still trading as The Criterion during the 1920's. Ownership passed to King Edward's Grammar School before being operated by Atkinson's. The Aston brewery's livery can be seen in this photograph.
Catalogue Number : DPI 0296
Title : Hockley - Hen and Chickens
Date : c.1965
Source : Real Photo Postcard
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Resolution : 1200dpi
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