The Waggon & Horses

The Waggon & Horses, Derby

A former Marston’s pub on the main Ashbourne Road with distinctive stone window surrounds, still displaying all its signage on StreetView.

The White Lion

The White Lion, Castle Gresley, Derbyshire

A small pub set back from the main A444 that has now made someone a nice house – even though it is opposite a van sales depot.

The Oddfellows’ Arms

The Oddfellows’ Arms, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A small redbrick street-corner pub in an area of terraced housing on the south side of the town, which has had its signage remoed but isn’t actually boarded up. Just down the street from the Labourers’ Union.

The Navigation

The Navigation, Overseal, Derbyshire

A roadside pub in a former mining area in the extreme south of the country, still looking quite smart on the 2011 StreetView image. The name refers to the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal which once terminated nearby at Moira.

The Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown, Thringstone, Leicestershire

A tall, shallow, three-storey pub facing the village green in a former mining area near Coalville. Still open on StreetView, but if you take a few steps forward it’s been tinned up.

The Old Bush

The Old Bush, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

An old, gabled, half-timbered pub on Abbey Foregate, east of the town centre, once the main road to London.

The Gibraltar Rock

The Gibraltar Rock, Bolton, Lancashire

This pub on one of Bolton’s main radial routes has now been converted to a Spar convenience store, but retains its distinctive frontage lettering and a sign on the end wall advertising the former facilities – which manages to spell its name incorrectly!

The Star & Garter

The Star & Garter, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A large redbrick street corner pub with a pair of distinctive gables, still open (although up for lease) on the 2010 StreetView image.

The King’s Head

The King’s Head, Morton, Lincolnshire

This pub was closed following a fire in 2007, and later bought by the Co-op, who flattened the site with the intention of building a shop on it. However, they subsequently bought the Lord Nelson opposite, which is on a bigger site and which they were able to convert to a shop using the existing building without needing planning permission.

The Fox & Duck

The Fox & Duck, Hanley, Staffordshire

A prominent corner pub just north-east of Stoke-on-Trent city centre that was once popular with Stoke City fans on matchdays. Clearly the introduction of cask ale – as advertised on a banner – failed to save it.

The Adswood Hotel

The Adswood Hotel, Stockport, Cheshire

A large pub with an attractive cobbled forecourt in a well-populated area of terraced housing. Recently closed by Robinson’s Brewery as part of their cull of under-performing pubs and apparently destined for redevelopment as yet more housing. Still open – and looking quite appealing – on StreetView.

(My own picture)

The Black Horse

The Black Horse, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A large inter-wars pub in the Art Deco style on the main A444 road south out of the town heading to Nuneaton. Still open on StreetView in 2009, although looking rather tatty, but as the picture shows it deteriorated rapidly and the site has now been redeveloped for housing.

The King’s Head

The King’s Head, Ardwick, Manchester

In the shadow of the railway viaduct, this pub now stands rotting and forlorn in an area of car dealerships to the east of the city centre.

The Squirrel

The Squirrel, Horwich, Lancashire

A large pub with an extensive car park on the northern edge of the town that had a spell as an Indian restaurant but is now closed and boarded.


Churchills, Bolton, Lancashire

Formerly the Rose Hill, a redbrick pub set back from Manchester Road in an area of retail and industrial units south of the town centre. Note the Boddingtons “bee and barrel” sign.

The Old Mitre

The Old Mitre, Essington, Staffordshire

A large white-painted pub with a conservatory extension in a rural location just outside Wednesfield and Bloxwich close to the M6 motorway. Still open on StreetView.

The Royal

The Royal, Rochdale, Lancashire

A small mid-terraced pub with a distinctive archway leading through to the rear, situated to the south of the town on the main road towards Oldham.