Malt Shovel Inn (No. 64) retains some 17th-century framing and ceiling-beams and a square chimney-stack of thin bricks but is otherwise modernized. The front is covered with rough-cast cement. Description taken from Victoria County History, London, 1947.
The pub formerly known as the Malt Shovel Hotel in 1912 in Kelly’s Directory was given a Grade II listing in 1976 at which time it was known as The Malt Shovel, the parts of this building indicated by the grey windows (and including the carriage door on the right) are 17th century house conversion.
In the photo used for this painting taken in 1910 there were formerly three canted bay windows, early 19 centuries, the present day there are only two on ground floor canted bay windows.
The pub has gone though many changes since 1910, previously been known as Malt Shovel until the 1970’s as a child I grew up as the Snooty Fox (1978-93), my sister worked here part time in the bar and told me stories how the staff felt uncomfortable left alone after closing, the feeling of being watched by a ghostly sprit in the front bar including the stairs, it was said folk would see an old man coming down the stairs, when nobody was around . Once sis staying overnight in the front bedroom it was said to be haunted not many enjoyed staying overnight in that room, much of the original timber floors would crick with the sounds of footsteps, it was an eerie place to stay late at night. I kind will always think of it as the Snooty Fox have fond memories of the place my 1st pub I enjoyed my 1st cocktail “Blue moon” much of my sis annoyance.
In later life it became Rosie O’Briens, a poplar place to go after work with the office then once again it changed its names to Rosie’s Pump House, The Pump House (1993-2004), Loaf (2004-2006), Pop World, and B91 (briefly around 2009) and The House during these changes it was not my regular haunt to drink. Now it is better known as Missoula Bar with large alterations much of the original internal has gone, along with the ghosts I expect.
The title of my painting is named after the landlord John Henry Glover in 1912 Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire, Malt Shovel hotel.