Joy as historic Cannon Hill Park pub set to be saved with £32,000 grant

The Golden Lion in Cannon Hill Park is being brought back from the brink of dereliction with Historic England grant
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It’s long been an object of fascination in Cannon Hill Park.

The historic building covered in scaffolding stands in the centre or the green space with its mediaeval timber frame almost out of view.

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We visited the site of the former Golden Lion pub in the summer as calls heightened for The Crooked House to be rebuilt brick by brick amid the outcry at the fire and demolition of the beloved inn.

The Golden Lion had itself been rebuilt brick by brick after it was moved from its original location, opposite The Old Crown on Digbeth High Street in 1911. Unlike The Crooked House it survived a fire a year later - when the Suffragettes targeted it during their protests.

When we visited the site it was featured in an outdoor treasure hunt and several people in the park spoke to us about how the Grade II listed building could be used as a community facility.

Now Historic England has announced that it has offered a £32,008 grant towards a project development scheme which will cost £40,008. Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT), which helped to breathe new life into the Coffin Works in the Jewellery Quarter, is currently pursuing funding to carry out work to establish the extent of the decay of the building.

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Once the project development works have been carried out, and the costs of restoration and refurbishment established, work will begin to establish a plan for the future of the site.

BCT is looking to work with Birmingham City Council and community groups for an initial scoping phase to explore options for the future of the building which will benefit the community.

What is the history of the Golden Lion pub in Cannon Hill Park?

The 16th century timber framed building was originally located in Deritend in Birmingham.

It was a pub until 1911 when the building was moved by the Birmingham Archaeological Society to Cannon Hill Park to be used as a cricket pavilion and refreshment room.

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In 1912 the building was targeted by Suffragettes who threw oil on it and set it alight during the night. The blaze was discovered by park staff who put the fire out before severe damage was done.

The building has been out of use and closed to the public for more than 20 years and, given its prominent location within the park, has long been an object of fascination and frustration for the community and park users.

Golden Lion pub in Cannon Hill ParkGolden Lion pub in Cannon Hill Park
Golden Lion pub in Cannon Hill Park

‘It’s wonderful to be part of project to bring the Golden Lion Inn back’

Louise Brennan, regional director (Midlands) for Historic England, said: “It’s wonderful to be part of this collaborative project to bring the Golden Lion Inn back from the brink.

"We’re really proud that we can start the process of restoration and renewal with this crucial project development grant.

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"These works are a vital first step in securing the future of this storied landmark for the people of Birmingham and bringing it back into use”.

Richard Garside, chair of the board of trustees at BCT, said: “BCT has been rescuing buildings at risk in the city since 1977.

"The last building completed was the Newman Brothers Coffin Works, opened in 2014 and now an award-winning museum and our home.

"The Golden Lion, a much-loved and historically significant building, presents a wonderful opportunity for BCT to continue the trust’s commitment to conservation of the city’s built heritage.”

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