A historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance where the interior has been ruined
Listed Status: Not listed186 East Prescot Road
Reopened after an extensive makeover with all the heritage features having been thrown in a skip. This pub has therefore been re- categorised as Interior Ruined.
The former description is shown below. The accompanying photographs show the interior before the work took place.
A remarkably intact example of pub-building from aound 1930. It was put up by Joseph Jones whose Knotty Ash ales are promoted in the etched window glass. The main entrance leads to a corridor with a large room (with bell-pushes) on the left and a public bar on the right: this is a similar layout to the Volunteer Canteen, Crosby but with the difference that an off sales compartment used to occupy the space immediately to the right of the entrance lobby at the Wheatsheaf (see the door glass). Original tiling at the entrance to the gents’. Mosaic work in the entrance lobby floor.
L-shaped public bar on the right retains a good 1930s bar counter and bar back, dado panelling but the fixed seating is modern. Door at the rear leads to passage with inter-war dado tiling and floor tiles. Wide opening to rear snug with original 1930s fixed seating, bell pushes and 1930s wood surround fireplace with bevelled mirror in the overmantel but a Victorian-style tiled, cast-iron interior added but is old. Wide opening with decorative brackets to the left room with original fixed seating all around. A very good fireplace but it is a reproduction Victorian one with a mirror in the overmantel.
Bell pushes all around the room, two good draught screens at end of seating near entrance. Working bell pushes (one with bell, one with buzzer) and table service at quiet times. The bell box in the servery has 'Smoke Rm', 'Smoke Rm 2', 'Parlour 1', 'Parlour 2', 'Porch' windows. Bell-pushes are switched on when staff are available - possibly 9ish and at weekends - the landlord doesn't do it himself!