Tuesday, 13 December 2016
#204 Crewe & Harpur, Swarkestone, Derbyshire : 1986 to 2015
The stretch of the Trent & Mersey Canal that goes north from Fradley Junction to the River Trent is a part of the system that we don't often travel along.
Our first ever visit to the Crewe & Harpur Arms (as it was called then) was on the evening of Sunday 27th July 1986.
I remember little about the pub from that time apart from the fact that one of our crew was quite taken with one of the barmaids. Nothing came of it, but the name 'Rose of the Crewe & Harpur' has entered the folklore of our boating adventures!
We didn't return until the evening of Sunday 31st August 1997.
Although not particularly stand out, there had been many changes to the signage (and possibly ownership) in the intervening eleven years. The name remained the same, but the sign had changed completely, the Bass signs were gone, replaced by two larger information signs and two black squares had appeared. The bench seats remained, no parking signs appeared, the door had been painted, but the little lamps had gone. Inside, there was no Rose!
It wasn't too long before we returned, this time on the evening of Friday 28th August 2003.
Much the same externally, but with added plant life and a satellite dish! it was on this visit that we realised that it was now a Marston's pub.
Our most recent visit was on the evening of Saturday 4th April 2015.
In the intervening twelve years it was now just the Crewe & Harpur. Gone were the hanging baskets, bench seats and the satellite dish. The main sign had also been moved, yet the burglar alarm remains in the same place! You can also tell from the colour scheme, pastel drab as I would describe it, that it has become a more upmarket eating establishment.
More about the Crewe & Harpur can be found on their website.