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Report - The Waterloo Hotel, Cape Hill. September 2012 Tile Porn NSFW!

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. dweeb

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    Reccie with OT and explored today with Speed.

    Cape Hill was once home to the mighty Birmingham brewers Mitchells and Butlers. Pretty much in the shadow of the former brewery stands this imposing Edwardian public house.

    Today Cape Hill is a fetted hole if ever I have seen one. The alley next to the pub looks and smells like something from the third world. However we ventured down it and this is what we found...

    One of, if not the best derelict public house I have had the pleasure of seeing. Now the public bar is nice, real nice. Tiled walls, ceiling and terretzo floor, and lined with carved wood and decorated mirrors. But the real gem is in the basement. Descend the tile lined staircase and you are greeted by a room lined floor to ceiling with lavishly decorated Minton tilework. This is Edwardian splendor at it's finest. Still in situ is the wooden marble topped counter from which chops would have been served, stood in front of a huge tiled iron range. Your food would have been cooked in front of you in a style not dis-similar to modern day sushi bars and pizza express etc.

    The entire picture rail level is decorated with ships and clouds, and further down tiles depicting lobsters, birds and fish are dotted about. Much of the acid etched and stained glass also survives.

    Upstairs on the landing the old night porter's cabin still survives, and seems to have once been fitted with a small bar! Climbing out of the roof we were able to get a good view of the building's wind vein, topped with a huge metal galleon.

    The sad thing is the theft of a couple of hundred quids worth of lead has left the building's roof pretty much useless and the water damage is taking it's toll rapidly. I hope that the building has a future, but in Cape Hill, I am not so sure.

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