Old Town Hall Vaults Celebrates A Successful First Year

The OLD TOWN HALL VAULTS Whitchurch, purchased by Joule’s Brewery in 2008, is celebrating an extremely busy & successful year since the re-opening and Graham & Ann, Landlord & Landlady will be thanking all their customers by hosting a celebratory get together to rejoice in their triumphant first year with an evening of live music and food on Saturday 16th November from 7pm.

Graham & Ann at the Old Town Hall Vaults commented, “We would like to thank Steve Nuttall, Development Director & Neale Chandler, Director of Retail Operations for Joule’s Brewery & everyone at Joule’s for their help & support throughout our first year. Coming to Whitchurch from Manchester has been a wonderful move for us, helped by the support that all our customers & local retailers have shown us. We truly feel part of the community. We would also like to thank Sylvia and Brian Jones, the committee and members of the District club, whom before we opened the pub made us very welcome. Thanks again to everyone that has made our first year a success”.

The pub was built in 1812 originally as a Merchant House. It became a pub soon after and became known as The Back Street Vaults.  St Mary’s Street was always known locally as ‘Back Street’ followed by ‘Back House Street’ until 1850, when it became more gentrified and took its new name from St Mary’s House.  At the same time, the pub changed its name to The Cornmarket Inn, and is famous to this day for being the house where Sir Edward German was born.  The famous composer lived at the inn for his formative years until he secured a place as director of music at The Globe Theatre.

At the turn of the century the pub was renamed The Old Town Hall Vaults, but always known in the community as ‘The Backies’.  A local name passed from father to son over the centuries recalls when the street was called’ Back Street’.  James Joule comments, ‘People in Whitchurch have always called the Vaults the Backies, I don’t think many people know why – it’s just always been called The Backies’ by locals – now we know’.

Joule’s bought the pub from Marstons Brewery with the plan for it to become a Brewery Tap.  Trudie Meredith, Director of Sales & Marketing for Joule’s commented, ‘The three north Shropshire towns are key to us. We think of Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Wem as being home towns for us, so it really matters that we had our pub in a prime location.  The Vaults is a small quaint parlour pub, with two inviting open fires, a beautifully restored bar and a cosy courtyard, and still of course, boasts the only listed outside privies in Shropshire and as a Brewery Tap it makes it even more special, its perfect for us and our ideas. It is a pure ‘real ale’ pub, a bit old fashioned, but in a really good way – just our kind of pub’.

The Old Town Hall Vaults continues to draw crowds for its Friday evening complimentary homemade sausage rolls.  The sausage meat for the Friday event gets distributed to all the Joule’s Tap Houses across its heartland and comes from a local organic farm on the outskirts of Market Drayton, who provide the sausage meat in return for the spend grain from the Brewery.


The Joule’s House estate continues to grow with more recent purchase including the White Lion in Wem, the Kings Arms in Church Stretton and The Rose & Crown in Ludlow.

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