|The one that provided the initial idea for this post : Vernon Arms, now a Sainsbury's Local|
Not all of these pictures are very elegant, at least in part because I'm not a fair weather mapper. Many are shot into the sun or the light was otherwise poor. After a while I realised I was seeing so many of these I started trying to be a little more careful in taking photos. Although these were originally OpenStreetMap survey photos, I soon realised I was documenting a significant phenomenon, and took a little more care with later ones in the sequence.
Of course pubs were used by some, such as Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, as drinking dens. However, many of the large inner city pubs (like the Old General, Le Grand, and The Albion) were not just pubs, but meeting places for clubs and societies. The Old General, like many Nottingham pubs in working class areas, had an upstairs room which was used by a lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB), sometimes known as the "poor-man's masons". Others had function rooms, where in the late 1950s and early 1960s you could see the like of the late Alvin Lee, which gives me the excuse to insert the following irrelevant clip:.
Pubs no longer provide this wide range of community functions. Now they have been hit by a multitude of factors: cheap beer in supermarkets, huge changes in demographics (as witnessed by the two mosques), fragmentation of their communities by urban 'regeneration', the Beer Orders, pubcos, indifference of the student population to traditional pubs, rapacious landlords, violent customers and probably benign neglect from the council.
So without more ado here is a further selection of former pubs and their associated lamp posts:
|Running Horse, Huntingdon Street : has had a chequered recent career as a music venue.|
|Murphy's Bar, Upper Parliament Street|
|Apollo Hotel, Bulwell : demolished and now a hand car wash. |
A similar fate has met The Swinger just North of here.
|Scot's Grey, Bulwell : for sale. Briefly called The Venue.|
|Le Grand, Hyson Green, now a mosque.|
|Clarence Hotel, Alfreton Road : for sale and not trading|
|The Albany, Hyson Green : not open on a holiday|
|The John Barleycorn, Nuthall Road : demolished|
|Nottingham Arms, Radford : now housing|
|Crystal Palace, Clumber Street : this was my local before it was sold by the brewery to be converted into a clothes boutique. For most of the time since it has been an amusement arcade. After a period of being vacant it is now a bookies|
|Bear and Staff : converted to shops 20-30 years ago|
|The Market Side, Sneinton : another pub for sale with no sign of current trading|
|The Fox, Sneinton : another one of my locals, now a lawyer's office.|
|The Jester, Sneinton : in the process of being converted to a mosque. |
A nice touch is that the inn sign has been retained but the new name.
|The Hermitage, Sneinton : now called Noor (I assume a restaurant)|
|The Old General, Hyson Green : due to be converted into student flats|
|Rose and Crown, Alfreton Road : a relatively early example of a conversion to student flats|
|Seven, Canning Circus : has been boarded up for a while.|
|Wheatsheaf Inn : now a pharmacy.|
|The Old Peacock, Ilkeston Road : like the White Horse appears in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, but is now moribund.|
|The Generous Briton, Alfreton Road : now a chinese restaurant|
|Three Wheatsheaves, Derby Road : still open, but the for sale sign is a bad omen.|
|Marquis of Lorne, Salisbury Street, Lenton : boarded up.|
I first surveyed this pub 4 years ago and had to go inside to see if it was trading even then.
|The Gregory, Radford : just completed its conversion to student flats.|
|The White Horse, Ilkeston Road : the pub where Arthur Seaton falls down the stairs in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, now a kebab fast-food outlet.|
|The Langham, Radford Road : now a kurdish restaurant|
|Newcastle Arms, North Sherwood Street : converted to flats.|
|White Lion, Alfreton Road : now a convenience store.|
|The Local, Alfreton Road : moribund.|
And the pub where Alvin Lee played? It was knocked down and is now housing:
|site of The Cocked Hat, Broxtowe Lane : now housing on Campbell Close.|