Wolverhampton's Locally Listed Buildings

The Samson & Lion

Newbolt Road, Bilston

Listing: The Samson & Lion, Newbolt Road, Bilston.

Comment:  A modest Neo-Georgian side street pub, badly altered by rendering and plastic windows. It retains a slightly heavy, but attractive Ionic pedimented doorcase with panelled reveal, teardrop fanlight, and gadrooning to the lower part of the three-quarter columns.

This must be the work of the architect Hutchings, and was built for his normal client Butlers. It is grander than his Tuscan doorcases at the Golden Eagle and New Crown.

The canted bays have had their windows replaced in uPVC, but retain their original wooden cornices.

There was a garden at the rear and it may survive. An old council committee report refers to the 'Plan of a proposed new road and public house between Willenhall Road and Fraser Street, for W. Butler & Co. Limited.' This is probably the first true 'improved' pub in Wolverhampton, and it seems that the whole of the street was developed for Butlers with the pub as its principal building.

This historical and contextual importance, together with its delightful doorcase, mean that on balance it is worth putting on the Local List.

The building as seen above is sadly derelict (July 2009). Hopefully someone will soon take it over and breath new life into an interesting local landmark.