Peaky Blinders Pub Saved

The derelict boozer which was once the haunt of Birmingham's notorious razor gang, Peaky Blinders has thankfully been sold and looks to have a new life after fear that it would remain derelict.

The Garrison pub, in Small Heath, the pub where notorious Birmingham mobsters, The Peaky Blinders wet their whistles has been sold for £175,000.The turn-of-the century villains huddled in The Garrison’s private quarters, later converted into a pool room, and plotted dark deeds. What’s more, the watering hole, which has stood derelict for 13 months, has so far received three name-checks on the BBC2 series the Peaky Blinders, fames for the razorblades stitched into their cloth caps. Now the empty Victorian building has been sold by commercial real estate company Colliers International, acting for administrators. And the on-line publicity blurb makes no mention of the pub’s notorious past or TV show, starring Gillian Murphy.

Neil Hayes (below), security guard at the run-down boozer, feared the building and its place in Birmingham’s dark history would be lost forever, either bulldozed or turned into a warehouse. And the 37-year-old urged Brummies to do more to save an important piece of our heritage. “Look at it,” Neil said, scanning the empty bar. “It could be returned to its former glory. ‘‘We all know that in the 21st century you have to stand on the shoulders of giants and, sadly, a lot of this city’s giants have gone. This is one giant we can’t afford to lose. ”The Blinders’ links with The Garrison are not backed by any documented evidence. Instead, stories of the feared gangsters swigging from pint-pots in the smoky hostelry have been passed down from generation to generation. A spokesman for Colliers was much more upbeat about The Garrison’s future, a pub close to Birmingham City’s home ground, St Andrew’s and believed it could well re-open as a pub. “If a pub has an association, a history, it adds to the story,” he added.


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