Historic Blackrod pub to be demolished to make way for houses

The former Green Barn Inn in Blackrod had a good community spirit, councillors were told

The former Green Barn Inn in Blackrod had a good community spirit, councillors were told

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A BLACKROD pub that was once considered the heart of the community is to be demolished to make way for homes.

The former Barristers in Manchester Road will be knocked down and replaced by three two-storey town houses, car parking and gardens, after Bolton Council planners approved an application by Wigan-based Curden Developments earlier this month.

Before changing its name several years ago, the pub was known as The Green Barn Inn and records indicate that the building dates back to at least 1845.

Blackrod town councillor, Graham Farrington, who has lived in the town for more than 70 years, said the popular Green Barn Inn used to attract people from miles around.

He added: “My grandma told me she actually used to work there. From my experiences, it had a really good atmosphere and was a really popular place that attracted people from all over.

“I’ve known a number of the different landlords over the years and the place always had a good reputation. It is a shame that it will be going — it’s a piece of Blackrod’s history that we will be losing.”

A meeting of the town council heard from residents worried about parking issues.

Conditions attached to the planning permission stipulate there will be four parking spaces.

Blackrod resident John Price, aged 68, said it was sad to see the continuing demise of Blackrod’s pubs.

He added: “The Black Horse was knocked down for flats and there was the Victoria pub, which was converted into flats. It is sad to see the demise of these community businesses.

“I can remember the Green Barn Inn back in the 1960s. It was a thriving place and we would go in on a Saturday night for a lovely meal — the atmosphere was great.”

An application was originally approved to convert the building rather than demolish it, but that plan has now changed.

Mr Price said: “We were delighted when we thought that this landmark building would be retained, but now it is going to be knocked down and there is nothing we can do about it.”

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12:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

hal pel says...

Why was the Pub closed down? Probably because it wasn't receiving support from the community that is now "so sad" to see it being demolished.
Why was the Pub closed down? Probably because it wasn't receiving support from the community that is now "so sad" to see it being demolished. hal pel
  • Score: 15

2:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Houses? WHAT.A.SHOCK
Houses? WHAT.A.SHOCK FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 2

11:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

"Use it or lose it!" Is the common saying these days.
You've lost it for good because you didn't use it, so stop whinging Blackrod people
"Use it or lose it!" Is the common saying these days. You've lost it for good because you didn't use it, so stop whinging Blackrod people Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 8

11:18am Sat 22 Feb 14

Brumas says...

Use it or lose it is not necessarily the case, from what I know it was used and making a profit, but not enough for the owner who had £££££ before his eyes. These people think why wait and make a steady income and keep a few people in jobs, when in the short term I can develop the site and make a fortune for myself. Just like the owners of the Greenwood in Horwich did but failed by being too greedy, leaving the eyesore we now have. But then again Blackrod Town Council has no power to prevent the situation. So yet again the unacceptable face of capitalism prevails.
Use it or lose it is not necessarily the case, from what I know it was used and making a profit, but not enough for the owner who had £££££ before his eyes. These people think why wait and make a steady income and keep a few people in jobs, when in the short term I can develop the site and make a fortune for myself. Just like the owners of the Greenwood in Horwich did but failed by being too greedy, leaving the eyesore we now have. But then again Blackrod Town Council has no power to prevent the situation. So yet again the unacceptable face of capitalism prevails. Brumas
  • Score: 7

2:02pm Sat 22 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

You can guarantee that the houses that pop up will be bloody horrible looking things. More local character being cleared in the name of greed.
You can guarantee that the houses that pop up will be bloody horrible looking things. More local character being cleared in the name of greed. wsw69
  • Score: 1

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