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Peaky Blinders pub The Garrison sells for £183,000

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A pub made famous by the BBC TV drama Peaky Blinders has been sold for £183,000 at auction - £20,000 higher than its minimum guide price.

The Garrison, in Garrison Lane, Birmingham, went under the hammer at Villa Park.

Members of the Peaky Blinders gang meet in a set version of the pub in the series.

More than 200 people attended the auction. The buyer declined to speak to the media.

Image caption A number of people submitted bids for the pub at the auction

The three-storey pub is situated close to Birmingham City's St Andrew's ground and has six bedrooms.

A second series of Peaky Blinders, which takes its name from a real-life gang in the city where members hid razor blades in the peaks of their flat caps, is to be broadcast in the autumn.

Dr Chris Upton from Newman University, Birmingham, said the father of the drama's creator, Steven Knight, used to drink at The Garrison.

Confirming it fetched "183,000 plus the VAT" via "a private buyer", auctioneer Andrew Barden said he thought it was "a good figure".

Mr Barden, from Cottons Chartered Surveyors, said: "The public house market certainly in auction has shown varying results.

"Often once they cease to be used as a public house, they can only be redeveloped as sites.

"This I don't see ending up as a redevelopment site. It will be used either for existing use or similar.

"We haven't gone into detail with them in terms of their plans."

Mr Barden said the response prior to auction was "from various interested parties for various reasons" and one of the common threads was "the property could be bought to convert into single residential accommodation".

Asked by the BBC for his hunch in one or two words, pub or no pub, he said: "No pub."

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