Abandoned pub formerly run by Preston North End legend could be turned into homes

Posted on - 28th January, 2013 - 7:30am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Pubs
The boarded up pub on the corner of East Street and Holstein Street

The boarded up pub on the corner of East Street and Holstein Street

A pub which used to be run by former Preston North End and England player Tommy Roberts could be turned into flats.


The Stephenson’s Arms on East Street has been boarded up for years but now a property developer wants to turn it into a range of different accommodation.

Roberts, who played over 200 times for the Lilywhites scoring nearly 150 goals and appeared twice for England in the 1920s, was its landlord from 1940 until his death in 1965.

The plans from Mr A Asmal show he wishes to create two three-bedroomed homes, two two-bedroomed homes and one one-bedroom flat.

A statement in the plans says “Over all this scheme will bring a much needed development to this area, where there is a shortage of low cost properties and will improve the general street scene once complete, as the build at present looks in need of repair.

“The area surrounding this building is residential, so by introducing this use, this will not cause any disturbance to neighbouring properties.

“This building has been redundant for many years so by supporting this scheme, it will erase any health safety issues it has at present by being unoccupied.”

The plans include the creation of four car parking spaces at the property which dates back to the 1860s.


Photos of the pub in its heyday have been posted on photo sharing website Flickr and drew comments about the quality of its Sunday nights.

Middle Ford Miss said: “They used to call it Stivvies. All the shots will bring back memories. Sunday nights in particular.”

liverbird2012 said: “Many a good night spent in there and yes Sunday nights were great fun.”

You can find more information about the Stephenson’s Arms on the Pubs in Preston blog.

The full plan can be seen on the council website. Anyone wishing to comment on the plans should make them via the council website or by emailing and quoting reference number 06/2013/0017.

The deadline for making comments is Friday 8 February 2013.

Do you remember going to the Stephenson’s Arms? Let us know your memories and thoughts in the comments below

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