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Protect our Heritage - The Wedlock's Pub

The Wedlock's building has stood in the shadows of Ashton Gate for more than 100 years. Originally called the Star Inn, this historic pub was re-named in honour of long-time former landlord Billy 'Fatty' Wedlock, the Bristol City captain who played for England 26 times before the First World War.

In late February, property developers submitted plans to demolish Wedlock's and replace it with a block of flats. The Trust immediately sprang into action.

"We've been busy contacting connected parties including historians of Bristol City and the local area as well as members of the Wedlock family" says Trust Community Officer James Nicholls. "We've also been in touch again with George Ferguson [architect and creator of the Tobacco Factory] and the Bristol Civic Society."

"We will be raising the Wedlock's issue with attendees at the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership meeting later this month. And we're aware too that the Friends of Greville Smyth [Park] have reservations about the plans."

Can you help?

The submitted plans allege among other things that the pub was troublesome to local residents. If you were a regular customer and have a view about the pub or its management, please contact us.

If you have any experience with objecting to planning permission, or if you have any potentially useful contacts or skills, again, please get in touch.

Contact us by writing to James Nicholls either by e-mail ( or c/o the Ashton Gate Stadium address.

The Trust is presently agreeing wording for a petition and we hope that every City fan and local resident will sign it. Please look for us on match days either outside the Wedlock's or near the turnstiles. It's important that we show how much we value Wedlock's and its place in our history. Your signature on the petition is the way we demonstrate this. Please sign it.

Footnote: To view the plans, please click here.

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