A NANTWICH town centre pub, founded in the
early 20th century, seems all set to disappear - at least the business,
not the building.
National clothing chain, Fat Face, is said
to be interested in acquiring the property for another of its outlets.
The Havant, Hampshire, business sells "clothes for men, women and kids,
footwear, jewellery, beach kit and accessories" according to its
website. The nearest of its 171 branches to Nantwich is in Chester.
Local historian, Andrew
Lamberton, says: "The building was started as a wholesale wine and
spirits merchants by Thomas Hall in 1787. It continued in the family
"In 1874 it was taken over
by Travers Pickmere of Pickmere and Holden until 1914 when it became
Ye Olde Vaults. There have been several licensees since then.
"It was always known
locally as 'The Potting Shed.' There are various tales of ghosts and
stories of tunnels."
An advertisement in a
Nantwich publication of about
1910 for Pickmere and Holden lists them as wholesale and retail
wine, spirit, ale and porter merchants, and describes them as
"successors to J.Hall, established upwards of a century."
A reference to the Halls, of course (see above).
The pub closed in February
2011 when a For Sale went up on the front of the building. Then, towards the end of that year, the building became home
to Retro, a "party music venue" open on Tuesdays, Fridays and
Saturday, run by two local men. But the application from Fat Face will not, it
is reported, be considered until later in the year.
The closure of Ye Olde
Vaults would mean the word "vaults" would disappear from Nantwich pub
names. The Union Vaults, further along High Street, is now called
The Union - which is possibly the shorthand form by which the
customers have always known it. At least it doesn't have one of those strange,
The Potting Shed | Spotlight
on the shops | M and S
Original letter |
Other shops news |
Charity shops in
Letters index page