Demolition approved for historic Barnsley pub building

Barnsley is losing one of its landmark pub buildings, with the demolition of the Black Bull at Stairfoot now under way after Barnsley Council granted permission for the work.

By Paul Whitehouse
Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 9:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 9:23 am
Historic: The Black Bull building at Stairfoot
Historic: The Black Bull building at Stairfoot

The pub – which has a date stone indcating 1773 – has been empty for some time and was recently sold, though the future of the site remains unclear at this stage.

However, work to demolish the building has now started, with contractors working from the rear of the structure

Barnsley Council confirmed to the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “Demolition of the Black Bull pub in Barnsley has been approved by the council under the Building Act.  Publicity requirements differ from those associated with a planning application which is why the report has not been seen.”

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The pub was an imposing building which occupied a busy location through the heyday of the area’s industrial past, when the immediate area was criss-crossed with railway lines and canals.

In the later decades of last century, the landscape changed dramatically with the removal of large railway structures and the creation of the large Stairfoot roundabout.

The loss of the three storey building will see the character of the area change once again.