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Report - The Griffin Inn, Leicester - November 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Goldie87, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Goldie87

    Goldie87 28DL Regular User
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    In 1815 Samuel Frearson was running the Griffin Inn, with the brewing possibly being undertaken by his son at premises on Humberstone Road. In September 1868 James Smart held the licence, but there was no indication of brewing being undertaken. John Hurley then owned the pub from 1895 to 1904. By 1912 it was owned by Hansons of the Kimberley Brewery, who rebuilt it in 1929. In more recent years the pub was renamed 'Jaceys Bar', a popular place for pre club drinks before heading to fan club or elsewhere. It then became a gay bar and was renamed 'The Village', again a bar mainly used for pre club drinks.

    Today the building has been closed for a number of years, it seems like someone attempted to carry out some work and gave up. The upper floors are a real mess and the pigeons have started to take over. Sadly refurbishment over the years has destroyed a lot of original features, though there is some nice original leaded glass scattered around the place. One nice find was a Griffin Inn sign which im pretty sure dates back to the construction of the present building. Visited with jacquesj.











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