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    Arrow Pump & Tap Pub, Leicester


    There has been a pub on this site since at least the 1820's. It was previously called the West End Inn, and was renamed the Pump & Tap in 1988. This was a very popular pub indeed, and a regular meeting place for the Leicester urbex lot. It was unique in the fact it had a large seating area at the rear, under the arches of the great central railway viaduct. Despite protests and people chaining themselves to it, the wonderful railway bridge next door has been destroyed over the past few weeks. The pub itself is now going to be torn down to be replaced by a swimming pool for students. Despite much opposition the place served its last pint on tuesday, and is due to be pulled down on monday! This whole saga is all just very, very wrong :(

    Many thanks to the owner for permission to wander around and take photos while the place was being cleared out.


    People enjoy an evening under the railway viaduct


    As the doors close for the last time people gather in appaling conditions for one last photo


    The pub when still open


    The bar on the last night, all of the interesting memorabilia had already been taken off the walls


    The bar now


    Graff done on the last night




    The other bar, this is where sports used to be shown on a flatscreen tv over the fireplace


    Room full of interesting old stuff


    Room piled high with interesting old stuff and junk


    Nice old fireplace


    Bathroom, the bath was full of old junk!


    Me behind the bar

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    Another good pub lost, it's a crying shame it really is

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    Nice one goldie, That place will be missed

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    This seems to have been a very nice place. Sorry that such a place had to close.
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    old fire places love them gonna be dust. :(

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    I remember you mentioning this in the report about the bridge a while backalong. Sad to see it's going. :(
    Thanks for the pics, Goldie. :)
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    Now that's what I call a demo' travesty :(

    Thanks for posting your snaps -you've done a great job in recording this place -stirling work!

    Any ideas why the Railway Bridge / Viaduct was knocked-down?
    Lb :jimlad:

    Think we're gonna need a bigger boat

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    Many thanx Rick for this wonderful report.

    This place has been a regular meeting place for the lesta lot for some time,Im absolutley gutted that it's now closed and is going to be demolished.This place is unique to lesta and especially enjoyable to me as i love the great central railway.

    This was one of lesta's top pubs and should still be open.It wasn't closed for the lack of customers or the lack of money just the precious land it sits on.

    Another historic landmark destroyed by leicester shitty council:(:

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    Gutted, this was a regular haunt when I lived in Leicester - I was in some of the christmas photos etc (used to live off Tudor Road)

    The bloody poly (DMU or whatever) just do what the hell they like, it'll be the Jewry Wall next
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbuoy View Post
    Any ideas why the Railway Bridge / Viaduct was knocked-down?
    It was done up in the 80's and became part of a cycle route following the old trackbed. In recent years the crooks at the council decided they could make a tidy profit off the land, so claimed it was unsafe and closed it off. They then sold it to the university for 1! Its all backhanders

    Quote Originally Posted by festcu View Post
    Gutted, this was a regular haunt when I lived in Leicester - I was in some of the christmas photos etc (used to live off Tudor Road)

    The bloody poly (DMU or whatever) just do what the hell they like, it'll be the Jewry Wall next
    I presume the owner took the photos away, dunno where they will go now though. Im sure the DMU will wreck more things soon, they have already trashed the poor old magazine... http://www.flickr.com/photos/leicest...os/3972427104/
    Last edited by Goldie87; 28th Nov 09 at 17:33.

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