The Crown Inn - A Birmingham Gem!

Built in 1781, The Crown Inn is a public house on Broad Street and is Grade II listed.  Now Reflex The 80's Bar. 


The Crown on Broad Street is now Reflex The 80's Bar. Is a Transformer on the left. Looks like Soundwave. 

The Crown Reflex 80s BarThe Crown Reflex 80's Bar on Broad Street (December 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

There is a clocktower to the far right hand corner of the building, with the 1781 date, topped with a copper dome with a crown.

The Crown Reflex 80's Bar on Broad Street (January 2019). Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

First built during the reign of King George III.

The Crown Reflex 80's Bar on Broad Street (September 2020). Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

History of The Crown on Broad Street

The Crown Inn was a public house in Broad Street, Birmingham, England. Built in 1781, it was rebuilt in 1883, 1930 and 1991. It is Grade II listed. It was the brewery tap for William Butler's brewery, whose Victorian building survived at the rear of The Crown until 1987.

The Crown InnThe Crown Inn  on Broad Street circa 1980s. Photographer unknown

 

It's next to the Birmingham Canal Navigations Mainline and is close to The ICC Birmingham. The sash windows on the first and second floors are from the 1781 building. The architect for the 1883 work was William Jenkins, for the 1930 work, E F Reynolds, and in Alan Goodwin & Associates, who added a west façade described by the architectural critic Andy Foster as "cheap". Since the early 2000s, it has operated as part of a chain of 1980s themed nightclubs under the name "Reflex".

The Crown Reflex 80s BarThe Crown Reflex 80's Bar on Broad Street (December 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The A-Team

Mr T was in the window of Reflex The 80's Bar during 2009. He played the character B. A. Baracus in the famous 80's action TV series.

The A-Team

The A-Team at The Crown Reflex 80's Bar on Broad Street (December 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Transformers

From at least the summer of 2011, until now, there is a figure of a Transformer to the left of Reflex The 80's Bar. Looks a bit like Soundwave, who was a Decepticon, but has Autobot symbols on here. So maybe it's a made up Transformer called Reflex?

Transformers

Transforemrers at The Crown Reflex 80's Bar on Broad Street (June 2011). Photography by Elliott Brown

Project dates

14 Feb 2021 - On-going

Passions

History & heritage, Classic Architecture

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