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Nottingham Landmark The Old General pub statue rediscovered

Nottingham Landmark The Old General pub statue rediscovered
Nottingham Landmark The Old General pub statue rediscovered

Image caption, After sitting in a crate in a garden for years, the old general looks old

  • Author, Sophie Wheeldon and Greig Watson
  • Role, BBC News, East Midlands

A monumental Nottingham statue that once adorned the front of a pub has been found after being missing for years.

The Old General used to stand in the window of the pub of the same name on Radford Road in Hyson Green, but was put into a box after the business closed in 2016.

Despite promises for the future, the statue went missing but was found in the back garden of a nearby charity shop.

Local brewery Castle Rock has now moved the premises to one of their pubs and is looking for someone to help with the restoration.

Image source, Imagine the past

Image caption, The statue stood in the pub’s window for decades

The figure is of a character from Nottingham called Benjamin Mayo.

Despite his nickname, he had no military background, but was known as a simple man who wandered the streets selling newspapers and pamphlets.

He had deformed legs and was reportedly only 4 feet tall.

He was believed to be 64 years old when he died in 1843.

The statue was carved towards the end of the 19th century, when the pub was built, and installed in the window shortly afterwards.

Image source, Imagine the past

Image caption, The figure was best known for dressing up for Christmas

The statue has now been moved to the Vat and Fiddle pub, near Nottingham railway station.

Andrew Ludlow, secretary of Nottingham CAMRA, said he was pleased the statue had been found.

“He was iconic because he was dressed up at Christmas and snow was thrown around him.

“You always knew it was Christmas when the Christmas lights came on, and it was something very special.

“It was awful when we knew he was going because the pub was being demolished.

“But now he is back where he should be, in an approved home, and he will be well cared for,” he said.

Image caption, Castle Rock Brewery boss Colin Wilde said moving the massive statue was “a logistical challenge”

Colin Wilde, managing director of Castle Rock Brewery, said: “It was too good an opportunity to turn down, even if it was quite a logistical challenge to make it happen here.

“Our plans are to give it a makeover as it has not been properly cared for in recent years.

“That’s why we’re reaching out to local artists, students and community groups to give it a new coat of paint, a new look, so to speak.

“It’s very important locally, and he will be on display and perhaps dressed up for special occasions.”

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