Sandwiched between Walls the butchers and the kebab shop, the former Forest Dog Rescue charity shop at 13 High Street looks forlorn and neglected. Now the 18th century building is about to get a makeover and open as a three room Victorian style pub.
This is another project from Son of Saxon – Jon Saxon’s operation that has brought us The Dog Hangs Well at 14 Corve Street and the Ludlow Ledger.
In his application, Jon Saxon says he aims to create a Victorian pub in the style that would once have dominated provincial towns like Ludlow (17/03384/COU).
Jon says our town would have had a great number of public houses that made simple use of partial partitions and bench-backs as dividing wooden walls. He cites as an example 7 Market Street which traded as a pub from 1792. It was once The Grapes Tavern and had a bar, parlour, smoke room and kitchen. It now trades as Waltons bakery. Jon also notes: “The Church Inn once benefited from a similar layout with bar, smoke room, and two parlours.”
Three rooms will be created on the ground ﬂoor of 13 High Street, divided by ﬂoor-to-ceiling pitch pine matchboard and bench backs. The entrance from High Street will lead to a public bar and a small parlour to the right. The back door on Market Street will lead to a third parlour.
Customers in the the public bar and front parlour will have counter service. The back parlour will be served through a hatch. No lager, cider or spirits will be sold.
Jon Saxon says: “The standard of workmanship will equal my development of 14 Corve Street, which received a Heritage Award from Ludlow’s Conservation Advisory Committee.”
Up above the bar and parlours, the first floor will have toilets and a meeting room. The second and third floors will have a kitchen and residential accommodation.
The application, if approved, would allow the pub to open from midday to ten at night, seven days a week. It will create three jobs, one full time and two part time. The project will also need an alcohol licence and listed building consent.
According to Shropshire Council’s buildings register, 13 High Street is known as The Blood Bay. Does anyone know why?