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Report - The County Arms, South Wigston

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by dweeb, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. dweeb

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    The county arms is a very historic pub. Built in epic art deco style in 1936. The features that this pub shares with an art deco NCB bath house are amazing, from it's tower, round 'bull nose' end, tall slender windows, round skylights and even the exact same drain pipe hoppers! In it's day I've no doubt the building would have looked amazing. Sadly the pub closed in the early 2000's and has suffered decay, vandalism and a fire. That said there are still lots of features, and the general fabric of the building is sound.

    The pub had a renound music scene in the 1960's, once featuring John Lee Hooker.

    I dont really know why the pub was built with a tower. The stairs are lit with a huge long and very thin window, built in typical deco style, and lead to a balcony, sadly the door to which was nailed shut


    My fav feature of the pub was the plasterwork in one of the bars, depicting various sports. Even in the 1930's lots of thought and trouble was gone to whan these pubs were built. After the war all that changed...

    Website here for a group of locals who want the pub spared from demolition. I thinkit's unique art deco style desevres preserving.

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    Victorian bottles from the bar display. Some of these were lovely.
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    The staircase in the tower. Note the typical thin 'deco' style window
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    Various shipping paraphanalia in the bar
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    The curved ceiling which was decorated with fantastic plasterwork
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    #1 dweeb, Dec 15, 2008
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2008

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