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Middleton pub with dark history among properties at Pugh auction

Written by: Paul Thompson on 27th August 2019

Middleton pub with dark history among properties at Pugh auction

A Middleton pub with a macabre past is among more than 100 lots due to go under the hammer at Pugh’s property auctions in Manchester and Leeds next month.

Seven pubs across the North West are up for auction at the Pugh property sale on 3 September, including the Woodman Inn on Wood Road.

With a guide price of £165,000, the Woodman Inn was once well known for its infamous landlord. In the 1950s and ‘60s the pub was run by Harry Allen, who combined pulling pints with a role as one of Britain’s last official executioners. Allen was chief executioner at 41 executions and assistant executioner at 53, performing one of Britain’s last two executions in 1964.

The Woodman Inn stands on a quarter‐acre site and includes three bedrooms and a large patio and car park area.

The total number of pubs in England and Wales declined by 235 in the first half of this year, with an average of nine closures per week, according to Government data. There are currently more than 41,000 pubs operating in England and Wales.

Pugh’s September property auctions will also include Black Bull Hotel in Dalton in Furness; the Foresters Arms, Haslingden; the Hapton Inn, Burnley; Lymm’s Home Bar and Restaurant, the Railway Inn at Irlam and Darwen’s Prince of Wales.

Pugh managing director Paul Thompson said: “We’re all familiar with the tide of closures across the country as the pub industry comes under pressure from changing leisure habits.

“The good news is that former pubs are often perfect for imaginative redevelopment projects and can be put to all kinds of interesting residential or commercial uses, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent.

“We find pub and hotel properties tend to generate large amounts of interest from potential buyers and sale by auction is one of the most rapid and effective ways to ensure that a former pub can take on a new and useful identity within a community.”

For more information on the Woodman Inn follow this link.

To view the full auction catalogue, click here.

Written by: Paul Thompson on 27th August 2019


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Paul is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA). He is also one of the few auctioneers in the country with a position on the RICS Real Estate Auction Committee.