A DIGBETH pub made famous in the Peaky Blinders TV series sold for £183,000 on Thursday at an auction at Aston Villa’s ground in Birmingham.
Closed for the past two years, the derelict Garrison Pub in Small Heath enjoyed a brief revival when producers chose the spot as a location for the 2013 hit series with Irish star Cillian Murphy.
But auctioneers Cottons offered up the three-storey pub, located in the heart of Birmingham’s Irish community in Digbeth, as one of the lots at an all-day property auction held at Villa Park.
In the BBC2 period drama The Garrison was the meeting place for the notorious Peaky Blinders gang.
The villains regularly gathered in one of the bar’s private rooms to plot scams and strike deals.
While no documentary evidence exists of links to the real Peaky Blinders - so called for the razor blades stitched into their cloth caps - local stories of their connections to the bar have been handed down through the generations.
The Victorian era pub fetched £183,000 at yesterday’s auction, which kicked off at 11am, more than £20,000 above the £160,000 price estimated by the auctioneers.
It could now enjoy a new lease of life if the buyer is able to capitalise on its TV show association, however fears locally are that a new owner might demolish the building to clear the site.
Last year the site’s security guard Neil Hayes called on the Birmingham community to stop the pub form ‘rotting to the ground’ by donating just £1 each to ‘return it to its former glory.”
The Garrison comes complete with six bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, laundry room and store across its top two storeys.
The ground floor comprises a foyer area, public bar and central bar at the front, with a snug, kitchen, toilets and rear yard at the back.