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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 20th May, 2011)

Decline of the British Pub


Decline of the British Pub
The Commercial Inn at Cale Lane Bridge on the Leeds/Liverpool Canal.

Photo: Brian  (Fuji Finepix S7000)
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Comment by: alan on 20th May 2011 at 00:10

I'll bet the beer has gone sour.

Comment by: Fred C. on 20th May 2011 at 06:10

I remember that from the 70's,what is happening to the British pubs?

Comment by: peterp on 20th May 2011 at 07:25

One of many, more to come.Sign of the times

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 20th May 2011 at 07:53

Been an inhospitable dump for many a year, even when it was open!
remember Ossie Butler being landlord there at one time
Only one boozer left on top lock now out of the original three

Comment by: John on 20th May 2011 at 08:35

I remember years ago the 3 pubs locally called...top, middle and bottom, (sounds rude I know). Top lock inn, Kirkless inn (middle) and (bottom) Commercial inn. The Top lock inn was demolished in the early 70s...had some great nights in New Springs.

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 20th May 2011 at 09:10

The Pub With No Beer.....

Comment by: Ron D on 20th May 2011 at 09:46

If you don't use em, you lose em .

Comment by: rebian on 20th May 2011 at 13:59

I believe it was on fire a few months ago then it got boarded up.

Comment by: andy w on 20th May 2011 at 14:38

the trouble with these pubs set on the canal is they only get used in summer.

Comment by: alan lad on 20th May 2011 at 14:50

open allday who pays fuel/wages when more often than not the landlord/lady/managers spend more time this side of the bar and employ people to serve ale thats if anybody goes in seems a bit daft to me.bring back the old opening times i say to cut cost

Comment by: britboy on 20th May 2011 at 18:22

When I was working at NCB Kirkless central works in the 60's I aways went in top lock, never the commercial.

Comment by: John H on 20th May 2011 at 20:48

It wont be long before all are pubs are turned into flats. In a few years time there will be plenty of empty flats , unfortunately there will be no industry left so no one will be able to buy them. Its getting that way people in the UK cant afford fuel for their car to get to work. Such a shame pubs was a large industry. Sadly they are melting into history

Comment by: John on 21st May 2011 at 09:49

Ron D has got it spot on, if you don't use um you lose um....only pubs in towns will survive.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 21st May 2011 at 22:28

Nice looking building....what a shame it has to go .

Comment by: Tom Walsh on 8th February 2012 at 02:25

The towels are on ,
The Landlords gone,
So there no need to stay ,
The empty vault and lobby,
Say that it's had it's sway.

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