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Borough Arms


  Copyright Alexander P Kapp and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The Borough Arms was situated in Tacketts Street and is now used as the Blackburn Buffet City.
This pub was taken over by the Town Hall, (next door) and used for Food Relief Offices in the First World War.   Afterwards, they leased the premises to Matthew Brown and Co. Ltd., until 1956, when the lease ended.   Originally it was a Managed House, but after 1946, became a tenancy.   The pub, in 1956, was in a very bad state of repair and after renovation, the Council installed Housing Department there, until the new Town Hall Extension was completed in 1983.
The Council then leased the pub to Tommy Ball, a well loved local shoe entrepreneur, becoming Blackburn's very first Free House.   Tommy Ball died in 1995, and a succession of tenants have rented the premises from the Council since.
Max Taylor

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