Burnley’s Brickmakers Arms to close

Angie McGivern and Martin Smith will cease trading at the Brickmakers Arms to to change of use to residential.
Angie McGivern and Martin Smith will cease trading at the Brickmakers Arms to to change of use to residential.

A historic Burnley pub is calling last orders after more than a century of pulling pints.

The Brickmakers Arms has been a favourite haunt of football fans and drinkers “Under the Culvert” since the 19th Century.

But the iconic red brick pub, in Yorkshire Street, has been sold-off for around £70,000 before it was due be put up for auction next month.

Sunday will see the last pints pulled at the “Brickies” before it is closed and turned into residential apartments by developers.

Landlady Angela McGivern, who has run the pub for seven years, said it was a sad day as the town loses another historic hostelry.

“It is a really unique pub,” she said.

“There have been so many people that are upset about it closing it is unbelievable. The news has spread across town and all the customers that come in are upset the Brickies will be no more.

“It has always attracted the football crowd and it is always busy on match days.

“It has been heart-breaking taking all the stuff out. There will be a lot of history gone there. It is the end of an era.”

The Brickmakers is hosting a weekend of events for regulars to say a final farewell to the pub.

A Northern Soul and Disco night, run by Linda, will be held tomorrow and a karaoke night, with Nigel, on Sunday.

Angela, who also runs the White Horse, said: “I had a bit of a cry sorting things out. It is sad. But we will be giving the Brickmakers a good send-off.”

The Brickmakers was named on a list of Burnley pubs in 1880 run by the landlord Elijah Acornky.

It is now expected to be turned into two apartments.