Birmingham’s Peaky Blinders pub sold
The Small Heath pub that found fame around the world via the BBC TV drama the Peaky Blinders has been sold for £20,000 above the asking price at auction.
The Garrison sold for £183,000 though it is not yet known whether it will return to its former glories as a pub.
The Victorian pub had been derelict for more than a year prior to its sale.
It was put on the market by commercial real estate company Cottons, acting for administrators.
The fictional version of the pub was at the centre of the action in the hit BBC series starring Irish actor Cillian Murphy.
The Peaky Blinders was a fictional drama based on the exploits of the fabled Birmingham gang of the same name in the early part of the 20th century.
The gang members, who famously stitched razor blades into the peaks of their cloth caps and had an Irish background, were believed to frequent The Garrison.
In the BBC2 period drama The Garrison was the meeting place for the gang – the notorious villains gathering in a private room to plot their deeds.
There is no documentary evidence of links with the pub to the real Peaky Blinder but stories of their dark deeds in the bar have been handed down through the generations.
The Victorian pub had been closed for about two years, but with investment and a refurbishment it is hoped it could enjoy a new lease of life – with the potential to cash-in on its TV show association.
It was initially put up for sale last summer but no buyer came forward.
The three-storey building includes full living accommodation, including six bedrooms.
Neil Hayes, security guard at the run-down boozer had previously voiced concerns about its future.
He said there were worries the building and its place in Birmingham’s history could be lost forever and bulldozed or turned into a warehouse.
“Birmingham folk are such passionate people, but here they have a piece of their own history rotting into the earth,’’ he said.
“In its day, this was always the ‘go to’ pub. If the people of Birmingham just gave £1 each it could be returned to its former glory.”
The auction took place at Villa Park and was attended by around 200 people.
The identity of the buyer has not been revealed yet, but hopes are high it could remain as a pub.