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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 August, 2004, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
Officials 'lose' demolished pub
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The White Lion - the pub that vanished
A pub which was dismantled to make way for a ring road has been lost by officials.

The White Lion, an imposing timbered building, was lovingly broken down piece by piece in the late 1970s so that it could be rebuilt.

Drinkers had decided not to oppose the planned road - on condition their cherished pub was replaced on another site in Stafford.

But it has emerged that officials have mislaid the materials.

Now, Staffordshire County Councillor Robert Simpson wants to see it rebuilt and has launched a hunt for the pub's parts.

'Someone must know'

"It's been put in storage somewhere," he said. "Now everyone's forgotten where.

"I've made some inquiries and so have local residents, but no-one is any the wiser.

"Someone must know. Someone should have records somewhere. The search goes on."

Local historian Joan Anslow is also at a loss to know where the pub has disappeared to.

"The White Lion was an attractive building, used by many residents of Stafford," she said. "They used to hold fairs in the back yard, selling geese and turkeys."




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