The Park End – Photos

Park End

As you may know from my previous blog and subsequent Citizen article, the Park End is likely to be demolished in the near future. There is currently around a year left to run on the lease, but planning permission has been granted to pull it down to build houses and flats. I was therefore inspired to take some photographs before it’s too late.

The Park End Interior

On first appearances the bar is very basic and a bit down at heel. The landlady is the first to admit that it needs a lot of work doing to it, but this is unlikely to happen when plans are afoot to knock it down.

Most people don’t see past this first impression, but look at that bar – it’s amazing!

Park End Bar 1

Park End Bar 2

Park End Bar 3

And clues to the age of the pub can be found in the beautifull etched windows and the wonderful gold leaf advertising picture on the bar….

Park End window

Park End advert

The initials on the window are H.M. & Co and the advert is for Cragganmore Scotch Whisky “bottled by H. Mitchell & Co Ltd, Cape Hill, Birmingham.” Obviously then the pub must date back to before Henry Mitchell merged with William Butler in 1898. This fits because the earliest date I found for the pub was when it was a beer house in 1872.

Other features abound: behind the back bar is a reminder of the days when there was a bowling green out the back…

Park End back bar

And there are more original interior windows and mirrors than you can shake a stick at, as well as some great ornate tiles which are apparently somehow clipped into place rather than stuck in the normal manner.

Park End bar window Park End stained glass Park End tiles

Apparently the owner cares nothing for these things, so when the bulldozers move in they are likely to be broken up and thrown on a skip. A tragic loss of some superb craftsmanship and part of our pub heritage.

Park End - the regulars

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10 Responses to The Park End – Photos

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  2. JJ says:

    Beautiful, Darrel! Love Cragganmore (and that advertisement). Such a shame…

  3. Jan says:

    I can’t believe all this is going to be destroyed. Something needs to be done. Come on, you’re bigshot author – get on Radio Glos and sound off!

    If that pub was in London, it would be cherished and packed out with people. Know anyone on the Civic Trust? It’s all about heritage etc. I might be able to give you a couple of names if you’re interested. You could take them on a tour – give them beer. That’s gotto be persuasive… 🙂

    • Darrel Kirby says:

      I am a member of the Civic Trust but haven’t mentioned this to them – you’re right I probably should.

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  5. janh1 says:

    So have the Civic Trust taken interest? Those tiles and that lovely acid-etched glass should definitely be preserved.

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  7. Peter Mander says:

    Great photos, appreciated. How did the Park End story end?

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