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Angel in contemplation at the Red Lion

Red Lion, Burslem, Staffordshire, March 2021

This pub has closed down, and its frontage is boarded and embellished with a depiction of the gilded angel from the top of Burslem’s Old Town Hall, plus some words many will recognise:

… she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I’m right or wrong …

Robbie Williams lived some of his early childhood in here, when his parents were landlords of the Red Lion. He grew up in Burslem and the surrounding area, and was living in Tunstall when he joined Take That in 1990.

It is suspected that the lyrics of Angels, written in 1997, were inspired by the gilded angel in Burslem.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 8 March 2021

Enjoying street art has become a regular event on my travels around the world: more of my findings can be seen here
For even more art, pop over to see Sami at Monday Mural

19 replies »

  1. I loved that explanation of the angel on the pub. And, of course, it’s association with Robbie. How clever of you to find it.


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