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Closed Pubs – ongoing

Pics – Adrian Sherratt – 07976 237651 Boarded up pubs grid (25 Feb 2015).

From 2014 I decided to document the closure of traditional British pubs. Changing social behaviour, cultural demographics and the relative costs of drinking at a pub compared to purchasing supermarket products have all put pressure on this institution.

Commercial property agents can also generate huge returns if they can secure local authority permission to convert a struggling pub into residential property or a metro supermarket.

At the peak of the decline 5000 pubs vanished between 2015-2020 but it is believed that the rate of decline is at last reducing as communities step in to save their local hostelries. In this years (2021) budget the Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched a £150m Community Ownership Fundallowing groups to apply for matched-funding to save local amenities including pubs.

Pics – Adrian Sherratt – 07976 237651 Re. Boarded up pubs project. The Railway Inn, Penclawdd near Swansea (17 Nov 2014). – The pub had been closed for some time when in 2012 a fire broke out further jeopardising the building,s future. A local community trust is striving to find a use for the Railway which is passed by hoardes of holdaymakers annually en route to The Gower’s beaches.
Pics – Adrian Sherratt – 07976 237651 Re. Boarded up pubs project. The Ball is perhaps the most imposing of many closed pubs in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield. Rebuilt in 1904 with intricate detailing the building’s grade II listed status affords some hope of survival though it remains on the market despite planning consent granted in 2004 for offices and residential use with a cellar restaurant (11 Jan 2015).
Pics – Adrian Sherratt – 07976 237651 Re. Boarded up pubs project. The Victoria on Woolwich Road, Charlton, London (26 Jan 2015). – Located near to the Thames Barrier the decline in industry in South East London took many of the areas pubs with it. Exposed to the elements the Victoria appears to be in structual danger but despite being sold at auction in April 2014 with planning permission from Greenwich Council for light industrial / office use there are no signs of the building being saved.

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