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Description: The Black Horse Public House
Date Listed: 19 March 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 216818
OS Grid Reference: SP0189879328
OS Grid Coordinates: 401898, 279328
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4120, -1.9735
BRISTOL ROAD SOUTH
The Black Horse
SP 07 NW 16/5 19.3.81
1929 by Francis Goldsbrough of Bateman and Bateman for Davenport's. The grandest
of the post first world war "reformed pubs" built on a vast scale in a picturesque
highly successful Vernacular Revival combining Midlands half timbering and
Cotswold stone, giving the impression, in its loose planning, of a gradual
evolution from late medieval to Jacobean. The quality of detailing and materials
embodies the best of the Birmingham Arts and Crafts tradition. The lower
south end includes the managers house, half timbered on a Cotswold stone
base, then the lavishly close studded wing with 2 gabled bays containing the
hall and staircase followed by the similarly close studded main block under
a massive stone tiled sweep of roof with a tall cross wing at the north end
and finally a tower north wing. Cotswold stone slate roofs. Bargeboarded
gables. Lattice casements in continuous ranges on the main block. Lofty
chimney stacks with decorated shafts. The rear elevation more restrained
but still with a variety of half timbered gables and with parts of the roof
carried down over outshuts. The interiors have largely been modernised with
lowered ceilings but to ground floor bar (originally the smoke room) retains
the extended effect of a medieval hall. The stone carving was executed by
Sidney Smithin whilst the decorative woodwork including the grotesques on
the Bristol Road front was carved by Jean Hahn.
Listing NGR: SP0189879328
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Source: English Heritage
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