‘Frozen in time’ red brick pub untouched for 20 years could be yours for £400k

A "magnificent" pub that's been left untouched for 20 years has gone on sale.

The former boozer stands alone, frozen in time – seemingly a relic of a past age, Chronicle Live reports.

The Wolsington House pub in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, has been listed with Sanderson Young estate agents and is up for sale for £400,000.

For decades it served an area that teemed with Tyneside life – terraced streets that housed hundreds of working-class families, while right on its doorstep was Smith's Dock with its army of thirsty workers.

The old streets and its people are long-gone – as is the famous River Tyne ship repair yard, but there is now major regeneration going on in the area.

Ryan Smith, speaking on behalf of the current owners of the Wolsington House, said: "It was purchased in 1999 – and it has a long history. It served Smith's Dock shipyard workers and local folk through two world wars.

"When the docks were open, there would be pints lined up on the bar ready for the dockers. They would run in at lunch time and down two or three pints in a 30-minute break. The yard was decommissioned in 2000.

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"The plan was to turn the pub into a music venue for local bands, but that didn't come to fruition. It finally closed its doors in 2001.

And what of the building's future?

Ryan said: "It is currently up for sale as a development site with planning permission approved for conversion into four townhouses.

"Having said that, the owners would love to see the bar return to its former glory and reopen as a bar/bistro/music venue. This remains an option if the development site doesn’t sell."

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Ryan added: "The pub retains many of the original features such as real fires, a beautiful wood-panelled ceiling, solid timber flooring and one of the last remaining original old long bars.

"Incidentally, it actually appeared as a location scene in the TV series, Vera, a couple of years ago.

"Its location at the top of the bank at Smith's Dock gives a lovely panoramic view of South Shields and the River Tyne."

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Certainly, the lucky person who ends up bagging the Edwardian-built Wolsington House will be getting themselves a real piece of Tyneside history.

Local historian and author Steve Ellwood pointed out: "The present building was erected in 1902 to a design by North Shields architect, John Spencer, but evidently there has been a pub on the site since 1834, the first being John Veitch's Alehouse.

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"One of the place's most notable inn-keepers was Andrew Nichol Dodds. In her book, The Northumbrian Pub, Lynn F Pearson provides this pen picture of Dodds. 'Born in Jesmond, he was apprenticed as a blacksmith, but at the age of 30 moved to North Shields as a publican where ultimately he built up a chain of five pubs in both North Shields and Tynemouth.

"He was a political radical, Chartist, pioneer of the local co-operative movement, local councillor, philanthropist, breeder of Bedlington Terriers and homing pigeons."

A spokesperson for estate agent Sanderson Young said: "The Wolsington House pub provides a great opportunity to be part of a fantastic regeneration area within North Shields.

"The former Smith's Dock, below the pub itself, is in the process of being transformed into a stunning redevelopment of luxury contemporary housing apartments, and quayside living, which over the next 10 years will create an opportunity to enjoy such a magnificent setting."

Potential buyers can read more here.

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