Wednesday, 28 January 2015

1236 : Fat Cat Talisman


ALMA STREET, SHEFFIELD : ALAN BURNETT (Circa 1983)

Back in the early 1980s the Kelham Island district of Sheffield was only just discovering that regeneration wasn't confined to religious deities and science fiction heroes. The old factories and workshops were closing and falling down but new life was beginning to seep into those old stone streets. The talisman was the old Alma pub - the building centre right in my photograph - which had just been bought by Dave Wickett and Bruce Bentley and transformed into the Fat Cat, one of the first and finest real ale pubs in the country.

4 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

I see evidence there of the Yorkshire Space Program...

Alan Burnett said...

Yes that was the planned 1982 probe to Lancashire. It was later abandoned as not being worth it.

Chairman Bill said...

Ah yes, I remember that. Cancelled due to lack of data....

L. D. said...

Real revival of a pub is a good thing.