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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Grapes under Scaffold


The Grapes Hotel is being modernised at present and when I passed by a few weeks ago it was covered in scaffolding.

See how it looked in 1910 or more recently in 2007.

8 comments:

Kris McCracken said...

I wonder what ‘modernised’ will mean? A new facade, or just a lick of paint?

ken mac said...

I love that you show the hotel in various years. I wonder why it's called The Grapes?

GiuCe said...

interesting name...

enitharmon said...

It didn't look much in need of a lick of paint just a year ago by the look of your earlier photo. I fear the worst for the Grapes - another victim of the marketing tykes.

Hilda said...

Wow, that's an old building. I hope they don't make it too modern-looking during the renovation.

enitharmon said...

ken mac: lots of pubs are called the Grapes, or the Bunch of Grapes. Originally, before most people could read, traders carried a bisual sign outside to indicate the nature of their trade. A model or picture of a bunch of grapes might indicate wine on sale within - see!

Perhaps the most famous Grapes is the one in Mathew Street, Liverpool (a city closely associated with the wine trade), where the Beatles went for a drink after a sweaty night at the Cavern Club over the road.

babooshka said...

No name changes then thank goodness.
Re modelling is the term usually used now for pub refurbishments. Translates to rip the heart and inividuality out of it. Hope it is just a lick of paint job.

Lizzy said...

My thoughts about what they are doing to this pub and the older folks who drink in it cannot be published on this page, except that Robinsons should be truly ashamed of themselves by lettting it happen

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