The Navigation

The Navigation, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Photographed in snowy conditions, a roadside pub next to the Horninglow basin on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Since the picture was taken it has been refurbished and reopened.

The Spade Tree Inn

The Spade Tree Inn, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire

An attractive little pub with an unusual name, standing on a sharp bend at the entrance to the village. It has now sold been for redevelopment as flats and houses.

The Flouch

The Flouch, Langsett, West Riding of Yorkshire

A 1930s stone-built pub that for many years was a famous landmark on the main road from Manchester to Sheffield across the Woodhead Pass. It is now bypassed by the main route and, although not boarded up, shows no signs of life. The conservatory-type extension at the front looks to be a later addition. The latest news is that it is to be demolished for a small housing development.

The Station Hotel

The Station Hotel, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A prominently sited pub alongside the bridge spanning the town’s railway station. After being closed for some years, it was converted to flats in 2009, with the unsightly apartments on the left of the photo wedged into its former car park.

The Cottage Inn

The Cottage Inn, Church Gresley, Derbyshire

A redbrick backstreet pub in a South Derbyshire mining village, now converted to a private house as shown by the second picture. You would scarcely guess that it had ever been a pub.

The Queen Victoria

The Queen Victoria, Fenton, Staffordshire

A large white-painted Victorian building with a substantial bay-windowed frontage on the main A50. The £1.99-a-pint offer looks like a sign of desperation.

The Southern Hotel

The Southern Hotel, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester

A monumental 1930s pub in the classical style, built by Swales Brewery, who were taken over by Boddingtons in 1971. From the signage, in its last years it seems to have adopted an Irish theme.

The Cavendish Hotel

The Cavendish Hotel, Derby

A solid Edwardian red-brick pub with a distinctive roofline standing in the angle of two roads in an area of terraced housing.

The Foresters Arms

The Foresters Arms, Scropton, Derbyshire

An attractive village pub near the River Dove formerly tied to Hardys & Hansons (latterly taken over by Greene King) – note how most of their livery has been removed in comparison with the StreetView image.

The Osmaston Park

The Osmaston Park, Derby

A rather magnificent 1930s Brewer’s Tudor suburban roadhouse on the Derby outer ring road, now boarded up and fenced off and it would seem highly unlikely ever to reopen as a pub. StreetView shows it still open.

The Gladstone

The Gladstone, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Yet another typical back-street corner local bites the dust. This one closed in 2009 and has now become flats.

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman, Stockport, Cheshire

A compact modern pub towards the top end of the famous Hillgate, that was effectively totally rebuilt by Robinson’s brewery about twenty-five years ago. The sign (visible on StreetView) suggests the unusual name came from a racehorse. As usual, Robinson’s have wasted no time in removing their signage. Just over the road from the Royal Mortar - another defunct pub with a distinctive name.

The Traveller's Rest

The Traveller's Rest, Winshill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A street-corner pub pictured in a very sorry state and now appearing on StreetView as a fenced-off patch of waste ground.

The Union Inn

The Union Inn, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A main-road pub in a prominent street-corner location just off the town centre that has been allowed to fall into a very sorry state. Note the incongruous palm tree on the second picture. Somehow I doubt whether it got its name from the Burton Union fermentation system.

The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool, Derby

A striking 1930s pub on the south side of the city in the Art Deco style, still open on StreetView but now, like so many others, converted to a Tesco Express.