Viking Longboat

A fine mosaic for the Longship pub

I remember two interesting features in the Town Centre: one was the mural of a Viking longboat which decorated the side of the Long Ship public house just as you left the main part of the town, also on St. George’s Way, and the other the mural which still exists on the side of what used to be a large Co-op department store, now Primark.  Sadly, the decorative face of the pub was removed by building vandals and just thrown into a skip, a few years ago.   Why are companies allowed to do this, I wonder?

This page was added on 11/07/2011.

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  • Sadly this ‘vandalism ‘ of iconic landmarks is all too common .I can remember passing by the mosaic each day on the way to college as it took shape , and how it became a major talking point . The Longship, and many of our ‘lost ‘ pubs in town , will always bring back fun memories ,tho often blurred ! of an era we will never see again . They call it ‘progress ‘

    By Viv Cooper (19/11/2017)
  • It was a great pub for us in a formative years, right next to the Cop shop! So many nice and sometimes unnice memories. I couldnt believed it had been demolished, and dear dear Aubrey,the barman, from Bristol, I hope life was kind to him !

    By Christopher Patrick batchelor (06/10/2017)
  • Alas, that link on John Galleymore’s comment is dead – does anyone have a working link?

    By Martyn Cornell (28/02/2015)
  • Hi I have found one picture so far in my fathers old pics (he was a fireman at stevenage) it shows the Longship in the background with the ship still intact can be viewed here – http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/292896_10150322665517092_960884984_n.jpg

    By John Galleymore (25/09/2012)
  • I read with amazement that the mosaic on the Long Ship pub was removed and destroyed. The mosaic was so large and eye catching it seems a shame that it was not preserved.

    By Terri Anderson (25/06/2012)
  • It was a mosaic depicting oarsmen in a long ship approaching the shore where soldiers, including a knight on horseback, await the enemy attack. This colourful work by William Mitchell was commissioned by St George’s Taverns in 1966.  He also created two underpass reliefs.

    Has anyone got a colour photo of the mosaic?

    By Pauline Maryan (09/11/2011)
  •  That was one of the biggest mistakes that have happened in Stevenages 70 year history. I can’t believe it happened - idiots

    By marc weston (21/09/2011)

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