Thanks to an eagle eyed reader, I was alerted to this unusual piece of local pub history. The Cross Guns was a street corner Duttons pub that used to trade on what is now Myrtle Street South. Duttons were, of course, a large Blackburn based brewery who Whitbread swallowed up in 1964.
Whilst there is some old brewery insignia still to be found locally, Duttons regalia is rare. And to find something so prominent on a building that hasn’t been a pub for over 40 years is most unusual. Having been a secondhand shop, the building is now divided into flats, but the recent makeover retained the distinctive Duttons blue tile mosaic.