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built in 1901 by architects james and lister lea this wonderful pub is grade 2 listed and is situated on the high st newtown..most famous for its wall to wall minton tiles and the snob screens that allowed middle class drinkers to see the working class drinkers in an adjacent bar but not to be seen by them...story goes that they came in very handy for gaffers of firms to spot their workers drinking in there when they should have been at work..lol...laurel and hardy used this pub when appearing at the adjacent aston hippodrome which unfortunately was demolished in the late 60s early 70s...my dad was in there in the 50s and in walked laurel and hardy so dad politely asked oliver hardy for his autograph where upon mr hardy told our dad to go and do one...charming...anyhow that aside here are a few pics i took last year..oh i nearly forgot that one of the pics will show the staircase well just at the foot of that while some renovations were being carried out a few years back the old carpets had to be lifted and lo and behold a whole load of minton tiles were discovered...they are now protected under the new floor covering and i was told that at some point the plan is to let the tiles be seen for a short time...
first the bar and snob screens
the wonderful minton tiles..
oops sorry i doubled up there..
pic 2 is of the minton tiles that were uncovered at the foot of the stairs..the manager very kindly let me take a pic of the pic he took at the time of discovery...
last but not least laurel and hardy coming out of the pub..you can just see where it says bartons arms top right...this pub is well worth a visit..
sorry i nearly forgot the lovely window at the top of the stairs...
Fab pic Lyn.shame about your Dad,they want to be famous but then treat the fans like muck.
What do they expect if they go into a pub.?
Those tiles are a dream and the window is wonderful.
thanks denise and i do feel privilaged to have this pub right on my doorstep...the dining room is amazing too...one more thing about laurel and hardy is that apparently oliver hardy always felt second best to stan laurel as stan was reputed to be the brains behind the duo...strange really as in film and i dare say on stage they were on level par....
They were very funny at times....the person who always makes me laugh is Norman wisdom
denise...i love norman wisdom films......MR GRIMSDALE....
just to put things in perspective here is a pic of the bartons arms and aston hippodrome..not far to walk for a pint after coming out... you can just see the horses drinking trough by the phone boxes...long gone im afraid but i remember it well...
YOU REMEMBER THE HORSES. ??
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