I enclose a press release about a Nottingham pub which, following a submission by Nottingham Civic Society, was last week listed at Grade II. The press release has already borne fruit with features by Radio Nottingham and the Nottingham Post (available on their website), while BBC TV is also interested. It has also aroused interest with two national societies, the Victorian Society and the Ancient Monuments Society, and also with the local branch of CAMRA.
Ian Wells, Vice Chair Nottingham Civic Society
EMBANKMENT PUB LISTED
The Embankment pub at Trent Bridge has been listed as a historic building by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
“This is fantastic news” declared Nottingham Civic Society executive chair Hilary Silvester.
“It’s a good building in itself, with lots of interesting details which have survived, and its recent refurbishment has made it a very fine pub indeed.
Completed in 1905 by Nottingham architect A N Bromley, the building was Boots flagship store outside the city centre and the model for similar stores across the country.
“More than this, and perhaps more importantly, is the place that this building holds in Nottingham’s social history” continued Mrs Silvester. “Jesse Boot saw the importance of a social club for his workers, where they could engage in not just recreational but educational activities. And he saw to it that these were conducted in pleasant surroundings.”
The main bar has an impressive staircase and, overlooking it, what is believed to be Jesse Boot’s office with an oriel window from which he could keep an eye on proceedings. And next to it is the former library, later a tea-room and now a function room with wonderfully ornate Edwardian decoration.
“There were some changes” said Mrs Silvester. “The pharmacy was removed and the windows boarded up. Now however these windows have been reinstated and a very attractive bar created on that side of the building, in keeping with the Edwardian ‘feel’ of the pub as a whole.”
At a time when many pubs are closing, and those which survive are often greatly altered inside, the Embankment is an almost unique survival.
“Congratulations to Castle Rock Brewery for the brilliant way they have transformed this building. We wish them every success” concluded Mrs Silvester.
Further details: Ian Wells 07754 129092 firstname.lastname@example.org