588 Springburn Road, Glasgow.
Springburn Wine & Spirit Vaults sat on Springburn Road near the foot of the Balgrayhill. The residents of Springburn may remember Cameron’s, well this old pub was situated a few doors away from this popular confectioner shop, I have vivid memories of going into Cameron’s for sweets before I made my way up the steep Balgrayhill.
Note that the Springburn Wine & Spirit Vaults sat a few feet in from the other shops next to it.
During the 1970s Braida & Co, Dry cleaners and Vincent Vtedeschi, Hairdresser’s occupied the site of this old Springburn hostelry.
In 1875 Irishman William Melaugh traded as a Wine & Spirit merchant from this establishment. Mr Melaugh was well established as he had another pub on Garscube Road on the site of the Star & Garter. William lost his wife at an early age and had to bring up his two children Agnes and John as well as running his small empire of public houses. His son John became a Wine & Spirit Merchant and traded in premises on Park Place, this old establishment still stands today and is known as the Clutha Vaults. William stayed in the tenement flat next to the pub on Springburn Road along with his children and domestic servant Mary Smith. This was a convenient arrangement as he didn’t have far to go to open the pub up in the morning. Mr Melaugh sold the pub in 1888 to Andrew Hughes, a well liked and familiar face in Springburn, Andrew and his family ran licensed premises in Springburn for many years, Andrew also owned a public house at 564-66 Springburn Road which was right next door to the old Stag Inn.
Other members of Andrew’s family George owned pubs on Crown Street, Cobden Street, Middleton Place, Castle Street and the Garngad, James owned 147 Springburn Road (Caley Bar,) William Hughes ran a family licensed grocers and wine business between Andrew’s two pubs on Springburn Road. The Springburn Wine & Spirit Vaults closed down before the end of the First World War.