A historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance which is now permanently closed
Listed Status: IIWansford Road
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Awaiting rescue, the Eagle is one of the last examples in the whole UK of a simple, time-warp rural pub, hardly touched for a hundred years or more. Only the fireplaces and bay windows in its two plain rooms are more recent – although even the latter are probably of early 20th century date. What’s more, with its complete lack of counter service (drinks coming straight from a sunken, off-corridor cellar) the Eagle represents a historic form of pub-planning and operation that has otherwise disappeared from Yorkshire and of which only ten other examples are known, from CAMRA’s own careful researches, to survive in England.
In 2005, with unsympathetic changes by its new owner (a local builder) looking likely, CAMRA sought emergency spot-listing. The resulting Government decision to list such an architecturally-unpretentious but historically-rare building has signalled a shift in the national listing guidelines for pubs and made the Eagle a landmark case. It is again up for sale but in a tragically deteriorating condition until a new owner can be found.