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Greater Manchester - Tottington

A historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance which is now permanently closed

This pub is permanently closed (since 16/09/2017)

Listed Status: Not listed

43 Market Street
Tottington
BL8 4AA

Tel: None

View on: Whatpub

UPDATE 2020.

Sold by Thwaites (who own another pub in the village) and now converted into four flats. This pub has therefore been re- categorised as Interior Ruined.

The former description is shown below. The accompanying photographs show the interior before it closed


An early 20th century red brick pub retained much from an ornate interior in a lobby bar and four rooms. The star here is the rare if not unique ceramic bar counter front believed to be by Pilkingtons and one of thirteen such ceramic counters remaining in the UK. It has a wooden top but is believed to have been moved within the pub. Behind it are two original bar back fittings topped by broken pediments. The pub is trading as a music venue (Fri, Sat and some Wed & Thu evenings) and in the rear left corner, formerly the kitchen, is a stage.

From the front door is a largish lobby with a colourful dado of floral pattern tiles in green and yellow on a turquoise background and above is a strip of other coloured tiles with cream painted tiles reaching up to the ceiling where there is one row of colourful tiles. The inner door has a star burst symbol in circular panel and in two oval/elliptical side panels and in three panels above. What looks like a former hatch is now a window and may have been an off sales. The tiled dado continues into the lobby bar on the back wall; also in panels on the four sides of the base of two columns that hold up the ceiling; and up the open staircase – all of the a floral pattern.

Opened-up to the front right is a largish room with original fixed seating with bell pushes above and a narrow strip of panelling, a fine tiled and wood surround fireplace with bevelled mirror in the mantelpiece and some original etched front windows remain. A door with a star burst etched circular panel in it leads to the rear tight small room with original fixed bench seating all the way around the room, another tiled and wood surround fireplace, bell pushes situated unusually in the top of the seating rather than above it, and a draught screen as you enter.

In the rear middle is another splendid small room with a draught screen with damaged leaded panel in the top, fixed seating around most of the room (one wall has none) and bell pushes above also a narrow strip of mahogany panelling. Another tiled and wood surround fireplace, a door with a circular starburst etched panel and there is a piece of part wood ‘window’ cut out of the upper part of the wall on the lobby side ‘for supervision’.

There is a wide gap into the front left small room which has more original fixed seating and a tiled and wood surround fireplace, two fine draught screens with leaded panels in the top, one wall has lost its fixed seating. Leaded lights in most windows. Opens at 5.

Other Heritage Pubs with a ceramic bar counter are the Black Horse, Preston, Lancashire; Burlingtons Bar (at the Town House), St Annes on Sea, Lancashire; Mountain Daisy, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear; Red Lion, Erdington, Birmingham; Polar Bear, Hull, East Yorkshire; White Hart Hotel, Hull, East Yorkshire; Garden Gate, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire; Golden Cross, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales; Crown, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Other examples can be found at Horse & Jockey, Wednesbury, West Midlands where a small part on the left has been lost; Castle, Manchester City Centre; Waterloo Hotel & Bistro, Newport, Gwent, Wales which has no public bar facility; and there is one in China Red which was the Coach & Horses, Dunswell, East Yorks and now operates as a Chinese Restaurant.

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