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The rapid development of Durrington in the 1950s, was mainly due to the building of the new Inland Revenue offices. This seemed to start a trend for business's moving out of the cities and down to the coast.

Part of that development included a temporary prefabricated pub that was eventually replaced with the current cottage style building known as the Golden Lion in 1962.

Planning permission for the 'Durrington Arms',  as it was going to be called, had been refused several times.


A map from the late 1960s shows the position of the temporary pub. As you can see, it was ideally situated across the road from the railway station at Durrington.



A picture has come to light showing the original Golden Lion in the foreground. We can clearly see the building consists of two parts with a central section, a  small covered veranda in the front and is south facing.  The background shows the Strand shopping parade.

A recently discovered photograph (above) shows the plat that was to become The Golden Lion. An enlargement of the Sold sign by Fox & Sons and Whiteheads even shows the name of the potential pub.


October 2011 and a possible refit for the Golden Lion?
The signage has been removed and it's not open for business.



Closed for around ten days, the Golden Lion has had a bit of a polish up, new paint job outside and we're pleased to say the name is now in gold as it should be.

A paved gentle slope now approaches the main entrance. The disabled parking seems to have been foreshortened but is ideal for mobility scooters it would appear.





Don't be put off by the welcome inside the main entrance.


The refit certainly does the pub proud. It is essentially an open bar, but there are distinct sections. A pool table and large open area is ideal for the younger more active patrons.


Elsewhere two seating areas are set back from the bar for those that like to relax and enjoy a chat. The eating area is large and spacious and leads on to a small secluded back garden.




The pub has always been a horse shoe shape as befitting its 1960's design of the period, but unfortunately, we have no pictures of what it looked like before the refit. If anyone could supply some we would be pleased to post them here.