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09-09-2015, 10:22
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These were carefully removed from matchboxes produced, we would guess, in about 1968, probably for sale in Watney’s pubs. (Any matchbox collectors who want to correct us, go for it.)http://i2.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/silver_sword_coventry_800.jpg?resize=474%2C300The Silver Sword, Coventry, which now looks like this (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.409717,-1.5093838,3a,75y,121.15h,97.71t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZHrMvq3egD2x4TqDmk2DIg!2e0!7i1 3312!8i6656)*(Google Street View).http://i2.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/roebuck_erdington_800.jpg?resize=474%2C301The Roebuck, Erdington, Birmingham, described in 2010 as ‘like a wild west saloon (http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/old-roebuck-pub-in-erdington-birmingham-116340)‘.http://i2.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/plutos_place_leicester_800.jpg?resize=474%2C295Plu to’s Place, Leicester. (Anyone know where it was? There’s a Pluto Close in Leicester which looks of about the same vintage.)http://i0.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/hen_chickens_aylesbury_800.jpg?resize=474%2C295The Hen & Chickens, Aylesbury, apparently built in 1965 to replace an older building (https://www.facebook.com/aylesburyrem/photos/a.236520333045442.63200.228802603817215/960970423933759/). No sign of the pub now, as far as we can see, but this is known as the Hen & Chickens roundabout (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.8177411,-0.8190764,3a,75y,252.27h,87.16t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stZbqeEetx-_uFYtTzJy2Fw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656).http://i1.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/halcyon_peterborough_800.jpg?resize=474%2C300The Halcyon, Peterborough, is still there but now as a ‘Hungry Horse’ (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Halcyon/@52.5823468,-0.264849,3a,75y,10h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sBomtY-yOmoj5KFsY2OJz3A!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk% 3Fcb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile%26output%3Dthumbnail %26thumb%3D2%26panoid%3DBomtY-yOmoj5KFsY2OJz3A%26w%3D223%26h%3D75%26yaw%3D10%26p itch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D120%26ll%3D52.582347,-0.264849!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x4877f10db3d808 3d:0x9185948c898a2fd8!6m1!1e1).http://i0.wp.com/boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/aquarius_birmingham_800.jpg?resize=474%2C301The Aquarius AKA the Bluebell, Chelmsley, Birmingham, which*in 2009*looked like this (http://carlsbrumblog.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/another-chelmsley-pub-closes.html).GALLERY: Modern Watney’s Pubs from Matchboxes (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/09/gallery-modern-watneys-pubs-from-matchboxes/) from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007 (http://boakandbailey.com)


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