Eagle and Tun pub to be transformed in HS2 development

In new plans unveiled by Birmingham City Council this May, it has been revealed that the Eagle and Tun public house would be transformed and incorporated into the new Curzon Street Gateway as part of the proposed HS2 developement.

The Eagle and Tun, on the corner of Banbury Street, has a quirkier history than most. The location for UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’ video and a once thriving music venue, the pub now sits derelict. With a local listing status of Grade B, the building has been unused since its closure in 2008.

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“HS2 will be an important catalyst for this ongoing development and regeneration activity.”

– Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council

The new HS2 network is proposed as part of Birmingham’s Big City Plan, which will see changes to 141 hectres of the city centre, stretching from Eastside to New Street. The Curzon Street Gateway would restore the Grade I listed Curzon Street Station, making it the new hub of the HS2 network.

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Fears that the pub would be demolished during these works have been set to rest, as new plans state that

‘there will be modifications to the locally listed Eagle and Tun public house on New Canal Street to integrate the building within the proposed Curzon Street station structure’.

Nearby pub, the Fox and Grapes which is Grade 2 listed, would be demolished during the new development.

Waheed Nazir, Director for Planning and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council sates “The Masterplan sets out the City Council’s aspirations for the new HS2 terminus station and the huge regeneration potential that surrounds it.”

Works on the HS2 development across the route are expected to start in 2017, following formal consultations and environmental surveys.

Walking Tour: 24 hours in Birmingham City Centre

If you have 24 hours to spend in the centre of Birmingham, what better way to spend the day than exploring the city’s finest examples of architecture. Follow this simple walking tour to visit Birmingham’s iconic buildings.

Walking tour

The Bullring



Head to the Bullring for early morning shopping to avoid the crowds. Admire the modern architecture of the Selfridges Building, and visit the famous rag markets – taking in St Martin’s Church along the way.

Library of Birmingham


Take a leisurely walk to Broad Street, and spend the rest of your morning exploring the Library of Birmingham, one of the city’s newest architectural icons.

Lunch at Brindley Place

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Have a well-earned break and stop for lunch at nearby Brindley Place in one of the many eateries overlooking the canal.

Museums and galleries

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Stroll nearby Chamberlain Square, spending an hour or two in the Birmingham Museum or the Ikon Gallery (just around the corner,) whichever takes your fancy!

Birmingham Cathedral


Head back into the city centre to admire Birmingham Cathedral, the building that gives Birmingham its City status.

Dinner at The Lost and Found

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Have dinner at The Lost and Found, a Grade II listed building with stunning interior design. Treat yourself to a cocktail  after a day of exploration.

Sleep at The Rotunda

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If you’re a visitor, spend the night in The Rotunda thanks to Staying Cool, and sleep in the lap of luxury in one of their many apartments with views across the city skyline.

Photo tour of Aston Hall, Birmingham

Aston Hall, a grand, Grade I listed Jacobean building, was constructed in the early 1600s at the commission of Sir Thomas Holt. The hall remained in the ownership of the family until the 1800s, and after changing hands several times it is now a public museum. The grand scale of its architecture, and lavish nature of its interiors, has to be experienced first hand. Catch a glimpse of Aston Hall with our photo tour, featuring the Great HallKitchenWithdrawing RoomLong GalleryGreat Library and the hall’s blossoming gardens.

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Aston Hall was designed by architect John Thorpe in the Jacobean style. The building has had many additions since its completion in 1635.
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The hall is a Grade I listed building. Grand columns sit either side of the entrance. Above the doorway is an inscription and the family crest.


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The Great Hall is the stunning entrance of Aston Hall. The feature fireplace is the focal point of the room, with intricate decoration and inscription.


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The walls are covered in wood panelling in a Jacobean style. Paintings adorn the walls, a theme which is seen throughout the property.


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The Kitchen of the house was added around 1750. It contains a spit, once used to cook over a fire.


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The Withdrawing Room was where the inhabitants of the house would relax and eat sweet foods after their meal.


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The Long Gallery, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Hall, is flanked by paintings. It’s original use was to walk in during unfavourable weather! This grand fireplace sits in the middle of The Long Gallery. Sandstone fireplaces are common throughout the house, but in grand rooms such as this, inlaid polished marble is used.


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Dick’s Garrett is located in the servant’s sleeping quarters, in the top of the house. Some believe that the room is haunted after a servant boy, Dick, hung himself there following an accusation of theft.


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Heneage Legge, owner of the house in the 1700s, fitted this room as a library. It is painted in an authentic 1800s green.


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Stable Court, now partly demolished, is filled with luscious gardens.


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The grounds of Aston Hall are extensive and beautifully maintained. Take a picnic and enjoy and afternoon admiring the summer blooms.

Aston Hall is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12pm – 4pm (12th April – 2nd November)
Free entry first Sunday of every month (otherwise £4 adult)

Visit: Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6JD
Call: 0121 348 8100
Website: Aston Hall