Restoration plan for Victorian pub

Historic facade of Aberdeen premises reinstated


THE Victorian facade of a historic Aberdeen pub is to be restored as part of a redevelopment initiative in the north east city.

The Market Arms on Hadden Street, and the five flats above the pub, have received grants totalling £67,166 from the Green Townscape Heritage Initiative for the reinstatement of the pub’s historic frontage and general repairs to the C-listed building.
The work, which is due to get underway in the autumn, will include the restoration of the Market Arms’ original lead glass windows, repairs to the clock and the restoration of the pub’s signboards. Repairs to the building’s roof, cast iron gutters and pipes and granite walls and chimneys will also be carried out.
Cammy Campbell, co-owner of the Market Arms, said the work will further highlight the heritage of the pub, which was established in 1843.
“Everybody in the building is happy about this and everybody is going to benefit from it,” he said.
“The Green THI funding and work is making a real difference to the area.
“The Green is a culturally important and historic part of Aberdeen and it’s good to see so much of it being brought back to the way it was in days gone by.
“We’ve had great assistance and support from the project manager, Graham Young, to reach this stage and we’re now all really looking forward to seeing the results of the restoration work.”
Young said the pub building “contributes significantly” to the streetscape.
“The Market Arms is a rare example of circa-1900 pub frontage,” he said.
“It has particularly good etched and coloured glass, which has been lost over time with several panes currently boarded up.
“The THI grant will help restore the Victorian frontage to its heyday.”

Image: The pub’s lead glass windows will be restored.