Hidden history of Belford pub exposed

For a brief moment in time some of Belford's hidden history was exposed at the weekend.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 1:12 pm
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 1:21 pm
Old brickwork at the Black Swan Hotel in Belford

The failed rendering on the village’s Black Swan Hotel was removed to reveal the original brickwork for the first time in generations.

This caused great discussion on the village Facebook group on the nature of the bricks being much longer and thinner than modern ones.

There was much hope that the brickworks might someday be exposed again and left uncovered. The work also revealed three three original false windows at the top of the building.

Unfortunately the bricks would have needed extensive work so the rendering was reapplied.

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Photographs exist of the rendering on the building dated 1932 but there are many others from the Victorian period of the hotel with a brick face.

The Grade II listed property, which dates back to the early 19th century, is undergoing a major refurbishment under new owners.

It is also hosting numerous community events, including the village’s pie-making contest, in an effort to turn it into a hub for social gatherings.

However, plans to carry out multiple works to the rear of the building were withdrawn in December because a bat survey had not been carried out.