Interior Photography Pub Series: The Marble Arch Inn

Working as an interior photographer, my aim is not just to photograph a building but to tell it’s story.  And in my opinion, there’s no better place to tell a good story than in the pub. Literally. 

I’ve been an interior photographer for a number of years and there’s something about the traditional British pub that intrigues me. Its the clumsy mix of old and new decor, features and trinkets collected over the years, that give them an unmatched, atmosphere. And although I photograph new pubs that deliberately recreate this aesthetic, its the unconscious, unplanned accumulation of quirks in a traditional British pub that makes it so authentic. Sadly the number of these landmarks are in decline, so I’m intent on telling the stories of these unique places before they’re gone. First up in my photography series of great British pubs: The Marble Arch.

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Bought by Marble Beers in 1998 and thus achieving Free House status, The Marble Arch played host to the Marble micro brewery up until 2011.Offering up an array of 100% vegan beers, this Northern gem has firmly secured its place as a 'go to' destination for beer connoisseurs. 

Records tell us that a public house has stood on this spot since at least 1850. The 'Wellington Inn' occupied the corner of Rochdale Road throughout the mid Nineteenth century and the building was later owned by publican giants of the era: Bernard & John McKenna (George and Dragon aka Band on the Wall). Renovated in 1863 by theatre architects Darbyshire & Smith; the pub later changed its name to the 'Wellington Vaults' and has continued to welcoming thirsty Northerners for over a century.

Over the years, many of the pub’s most celebrated features disappeared from view, meaning that unsuspecting punters could be forgiven for not appreciating the true loveliness of its interior. Yes the slightly wonky floor still remained, but most likely hidden under sticky patterned carpets and the exquisite tiled walls are said to have been hidden behind plaster board until its second major renovation in the 1990’s.

Now fully restored back to its former glory and granted Grade II listed status in 1998, The Marble Arch is a true delight for an interior photographer! And we can be assured that the stunning Victorian décor will be preserved and celebrated for many years to come.

If you're looking for affordable interior photography that really shows your pub or venue at its best, please drop me an email  or call me on 07795463308.