Archive | August 2019

The Plough Inn, Crosspool, Sheffield

Plans to demolish the Plough Inn:

The Plough sheffield

I can not believe this application has even made it past validation. Where to start…

This exceptionally old pub in Sheffield is adjacent to Hallam FC, and local derbies between Sheffield club and Hallam FC would culminate in drinking sessions in The Plough. These happen to be the oldest football clubs in the world. ThisĀ article in The StarĀ sums up what needs to be said.

How historic does a building have to be? I recently talked about a pub in which the Luddites devised their seditious plans. The Plough Inn was where (gently presses capslock) THE RULES OF MODERN FOOTBALL WERE FORMULATED. This is another level of importance. I’m glad to hear local councillors are fighting to save this building, but disgusted that a developer and attendant consultants could ever consider hatching up a scheme to see this pub off. I hope they are never seen in Sheffield again.

History aside, the building is stunning, and is a viable robust public house. Even if the planning officer is oblivious to the footballing context, this building needs to be saved on its architectural merit alone.




Alma Inn, Wombwell

Application to demolish pub in Barnsley:

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Although the roof looks like it has been replaced recently, it looks like this building dates back to the 19th century, with maps from 1892 showing a building of the same footprint not listed as a public house. The spalling on the masonry and general patina also suggest a Victorian provenance.

I’d like to find out a bit more about this building, so if anyone has any info or images of the pub please do share them.

Boars Head, Pudsey

Former pub in Leeds:

Boars head pudsey

This pub has been derelict since 2003 (google street view from 2009 shows it largely unchanged – a few more letters on the sign than there are now perhaps).

This is the fourth pub to close on this high street, which at one time would have provided a half-decent drag within the Pudseyan nightlife.

The local townscape will be dramatically altered when this building is lost. There is cyclical succession at play in places like this; the old buildings are lost, character is diminished, the area becomes ripe for development, market demands means more old buildings are lost.

Another one bites the dust.