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The Plainsman - 110 Lichfield Street

Bell Motors replaced it's then premises at 110 Lichfield Street with a new building, to the design of the Luttrell brothers the city's leading architects of the day - the building being supposedly designed to the Chicago Skyscraper idiom.  Charlie Bell was the local agent for AJS and Indian motorcycles as well as Humber and Robin Hood bicycles.  The Bell Motor Works business closed in 1960, and it became Gilbeck Motorcycles.  Subsequently it was famed as the Plainsman Nightclub, but by the mid 1980s it had become Shanton Apparel, a ladies fashion-wear retailer.  In 2006 the former Bell's Motor Works became the home to His Lordship's.  The pic below shows the entrance to the refurbished building then housing the Mexican Café, and then all new His Lordship's Café and Bar.


Lichfield, High + Manchester St intersection, east of The Plainsman

Plainsman sign seen from Manchester Street

The building dressed up as His Lordship's Tavern


The Plainsman was started by Doug and Heather Cowan, and sold to Leo Jenson around 1967.


On Stage at The Plainsman
The Dynamics backing Diane Jacobs and Rochelle Vinsen