Time called on famous Peacock Inn

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A pub history enthusiast has shared his memories of one of Cotmanhay’s most famous inns, which has now been demolished to make way for housing.

The Peacock, on Church Street, was opened in December 1956, replacing another pub of the same name which had stood on the site for 200 years, according to reader Phillip Hallam.

His evocative photos of the site before and after demolition earlier this month show an unusually styled building, a prime example of mid 20th century architecture. The first landlord of the Shipstone’s Ales hostlery was a Mr Albert Wood.

Originally, there was a spectacular round neon peacock sign in three colours on the main gable end. It was eventually replaced with a painted tin plate .

Mr Hallam said: “The Peacock was built to a very high standard, with top quality materials throughout.

“My main interest is in the architecture. Buildings of this era seem to be knocked down without much thought these days.”

The original layout for the Peacock included four trading areas - the Vaults, the Smoke room, The Lounge and the Off Sales counter, Mr Hallam added.

The pub had been sealed off for the past five years.