The Black Horse, Bristol Road South, Northfield
Image by ell brown
I’ve been wanting to get shots of The Black Horse pub in Northfield for a while. Last time I saw it from the bus in March 2010 (heading to get shots in Longbridge) I noticed that it had scaffolding on it, so it is propably getting restored / renovated.
As of June 2010, the work is still going on.
The pub is very big and is next to the very busy Bristol Road South, which with all that traffic puts you off getting decent shots of it.
And with it being so big, I’m not sure where to stand to get it all in one go (and without the cars, buses, lorries, vans etc).
It is at The Black Horse Junction.
I only got shots of it after I got my shots of the Church of St Laurence.
I went to a certain point and zoomed into the activities that the builders are doing on the chimneys.
My attempt to get it all in one. Note that below the image was the traffic (out of shot).
The following is information from the book Images of England: Birmingham Pubs by Keith Turner
The Black Horse on the Bristol Road South in Northfield. Built by Davenports in 1929, this was the epitome of a mock-Tudor Midlands mansion house re-worked as a public house – complete with bowling green and separate refreshment room – with its stepped roofline jutting bays and gables, towering brick chimney stacks and silver-grey half-timbering (later repainted jet black as the false image of Elizabethan building has it). It is undoubtedly one of the grandest buildings of its kind in the whole of England, even seventy years on, though its present-day setting on a major road detracts somewhat from its majesty. The architect was Franics Goldsbrough of the firm Bateman and Bateman who were noted for their work on a number of other local pubs.
It is a Grade II listed building.
Similar information, but from Heritage Gateway.
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.