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The Golden Cup Inn, Hanley


Area
Hanley
Street
Hanley Old Road, ST1 2JS
Heritage No.
10067a
Grade
II
Date Listed
28 April 2008
Building: The Golden Cup Inn
Location: STOKE ON TRENT Hanley Old Road, Hanley.  Grid Ref: 388435E 348137N
Description:  Public house of c.1907, with tiled facade of 1912.

Public house of c.1907, with facade of 1912. The pub stands on the north fringe of Hanley town centre and faces east onto Old Town Road.

MATERIALS: It is constructed of red brick laid to Flemish bond with plain tile roof and dark green faience tiling.

 

View of the Golden Cup on Old Town Road, Hanley
View of the Golden Cup on Old Town Road, Hanley


 

EXTERIOR: The fašade is of four bays with what is now the principal entrance to the left. The ground floor has a faience tilework fašade, divided by pilasters and surmounted by deep scrolled brackets supporting a pulvinated frieze bearing the words `BASS ONLY' in gold lettering.

The wording is punctuated by a gold swag above the left door and the Red Triangle Bass trademark above what was the central doorway, now a window. The trademark reappears in lifebelts beneath the two large windows.

At first floor, to the left of the centre, is a large ceramic sign depicting a two-handled golden chalice with the words `THE/GOLDEN/CUP/INN'. There are three 1/1 sash windows with lugged and shouldered surrounds with aprons and pronounced keystones. At either side are fluted tilework pilasters carrying a green tiled cornice. There is a small single storey extension to the right, set back from the road, with blue brick banding and a mono-pitch roof. The windows to the rear have been replaced with casements and the external stack has been truncated. There are two gable end stacks to the right reveal, one to the left.

 

INTERIOR: The pub retains its original wooden bar with fluted pilasters and mirrored back bar, with drawers. This has a wooden superstructure supported on elaborately turned posts surmounted by miniature acroteria.

The rear right room retains fixed upholstered seating with bell-pushes. There has been some internal rearrangement but it is still possible to determine the original plan form. The fireplaces in both bars are replacements and the etched glass panels, although original, have been re-sited.


Detail of the tiles around the window
Detail of the tiles around the window


 

HISTORY: The pub was built in the early C20 and first listed in trade directories in 1907. The faience `Bass Only' signage was added in 1912, and was probably the work of the Campbell Tile Company, one of the companies founded following the fragmentation of Minton & Co.

The Bass Red Triangle is Britain's oldest registered trademark. It was the first trademark to be registered in 1876 following the Trademarks Registration Act of 1875. The Red Triangle had been used on Bass Pale Ale labels from c.1855, a development of the shipping mark on casks of ale.


Golden Cup sign in tiles
Golden Cup sign in tiles

 

The Golden Cup Inn
The Golden Cup Inn

The famous Bass Red Triangle
The famous Bass Red Triangle

In 1876, the Bass triangle became the UK's first trademark,
following the introduction of the Trademarks Registration Act the previous year.

 

Detail around the entrance door
Detail around the entrance door

 

Tiles around the corner of the door
Tiles around the corner of the door

 

detail of the 'rose' tiles
detail of the 'rose' tiles
 


photos: Steve Birks  June 2008


REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION: The Golden Cup Public House is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

 * The dark green faience tiled fašade is of high quality and probably manufactured by a local company, The Campbell Tile Co.

* Research by CAMRA has shown that this `Bass Only' tiling is unique.

* It has been altered internally but retains good quality bar counter and back bar, tiling, and glasswork.

* This is a prime example of the bold and confident advertising deployed by the major breweries on their tied estate in the early-C20.

* The association with Bass; one of the most important and successful breweries in the late C19 and early C20 with a strong presence nationwide. The pub's fašade proudly carries Bass's Red Triangle trademark, the first UK trademark to be registered in 1876.


SOURCES: Geoff Brandwood, Andrew Davison and Michael Slaughter, Licensed To Sell. The History and Heritage of the Public House (2004) 123.

Lynn Pearson, Tile Gazetteer: A Guide to British Tile and Architectural Ceramics Locations (2005) 314.


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