Pushing open the unsecured door of The Plough in Church Street highlighted the sad state of this locally listed building. Despite its dereliction the rooms were still atmospheric as if haunted by the ghosts of past drinkers who still haunt their favourite venue. I remember it as a popular Simpkiss pub with a roaring fire. The local authority are pursuing the owners who are located in Ireland to persuade them to repair this historic building.
The sales cataloge from 1926 has this description:
“PLOUGH INN, Church Street ….. beerhouse on. Under management. A well erected double fronted property immediately adjoining the brewery, conveniently arranged for the trade, in a good class district on the main road just off the centre of town. The accommodation includes :- Smoke Room (front), Tap Room (front), Kitchen: Private Sitting Room. Two Cellars. Three Bedrooms. Bath Room. WC and Club Room. In a fully paved enclosed yard, with separate approach from Derry Street, is Scullery, Coal Place, Urinal and WC. The property is entirely self-contained and Electric Light is installed. Licence £13. Compensation Fund Levy £3. Rated with brewery”
Sale catalogue 23rd March 1926 – courtesy Hitchmoughs Black Country Pubs.
The old fireplace
The rear view from the bar
Old juke box play list
Window seat in snug
Serving hatch in snug
Entrance hall, through bar to kitchen
![Entrance hall][Entrance hall](https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/14310064818_445bddcda5_z.jpg“Entrance hall through bar to kitchen”)
Finally here is a video I filmed. Can you hear the ghosts?