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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Slices of Barrow social history go under hammer at auction

AN historic Barrow cinema and a social club will both go under the hammer at an auction in Ulverston.

The Pavilion in Salthouse Road and the Engineers Club in Abbey Road, both Barrow, will be among the lots at the sale in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, on September 9.

The Pavilion has a guide price of £110,000 and has been listed by Auction House Cumbria as a commercial investment/development opportunity.

It was most recently an antiques business and auction room, called Rich Pickings. As the old Salthouse Pavilion, it opened in January 1920 with ticket prices ranging from fourpence to 1/3 (7p) for Redeeming Love with Kathryn Williams.

It showed its last film in 1959 with Frankie Vaughan in Heart of a Man. Malcolm Fleming ran the hall as Pavilion Bingo with wife Carol for 11 years before it closed in January 2012.

Mr Fleming, 68, of Newbarns Village, enjoyed his time there and said his wife still cannot bear to drive past, such is her regret that the business bowed to the pressures of the smoking ban and market conditions.

He said: “It’s a fantastic, strong building; rock solid. What killed it for us was the smoking ban in 2007, because 60 to 70 per cent of our customers smoked and they got fed-up with going outside with the wind blowing in their face.

“The rates are high but I could see it being great for the young ones as a type of youth theatre for them to go to if the council or someone could invest some money in it.”

The Engineers Club, which first opened in around 1910, has a guide price of £49,000. It closed in January after the brewery appointed receivers. Former club secretary Steve Forster said he understood it had been sold to a local developer but has been unable to make contact to discuss the future of the fixtures and fittings and old photos belonging to members.

Mr Forster, now landlord at the Newton Inn, Dalton, said: “The members just want things to be put to bed and would like to get a couple of old photos for memory’s sake and to see if fixtures and fittings such as music equipment and the snooker tables could be put to good use with youth and community groups.”

The owner can contact Mr Forster at forster798@btinternet.com.

Have your say

The problem with buildings like these is that the business rates on them were set when commercial premises were at a premium and before the days of Internet shopping, bingo, streaming movies etc. It is just not viable for local traders or businesses to even attempt to start up when the rates are so ridiculously high

Posted by phil on 1 September 2014 at 09:10

The sale of the old Engineers Club on Abbey Road for such an extremely low price is an exciting opportunity for the simple reason in that it has many possible uses including, music venue, storage, supermarket, carpet warehouse and so on. There are already developing plans for the magnificent gentleman's residence built as a dwelling house at the end of the 19th century and it's expected that donations to charity will be made to the appropriate organisations of memorabilia.

Posted by David Clark on 30 August 2014 at 06:35

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