Malá Ulice

Malá Ulice

Malá  ulice, Plzeň 2006
Stará Sladovna – Stredoveká krcma, Malá ulice 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová

I thought I’d start with this photo for no other reason than that looking at it now makes me want to be there. Spring will soon be moving into summer and the fine weather seems at last to have arrived (although I hear the ominous rumbling of thunder in the distance – sent, perhaps, from England to annoy me) and a glass of Pilsner, sitting at one of those benches in the shade would do very nicely indeed.

 

Malá Ulice
Malá Ulice in the 1950s
Photograph © Copyright George Krejci

 

Malá Ulice
Malá Ulice in the 1950s
Photograph © Copyright George Krejci

This second photograph is very interesting as in the courtyard of the brewery museum there is a doorway / portal with a plaque stating that, in 1958, the doorway was moved from house reference number 39 in Malá Ulice.

Brewery museum plaque mentions Malá Ulice
The plaque in the Brewery Museum
Photograph © Copyright Clive Porter 1991

This would certainly seem to tie in well with George’s photograph. Looking at the next photograph, I’m fairly sure this is the doorway that was moved.

The doorway from Malá Ulice
The Doorway / Portal moved from Malá Ulice to the Brewery Museum in 1958
Photograph © Copyright Clive Porter 1991

The University of West Bohemia has this to say about Malá ulice :

The solitary narrow lane on the site of medieval Plzen to be preserved up to the present day (up to the end of the 19th century there was also Katovska Street on the site of today’s General Post Office).

Now, however, it is demolished and the houses with doors on the north side have been knocked down.

According to a Czech dendrology site dendrochronologie.cz, the house previously referenced as numbers 39 and 40 in Plzeň went by the name of Lautensackovský dům – so could George’s photograph show the destruction of Lautensackovský dům? I rather think it does.

See also the Brewery Museum & Na Parkánu article

 

Malá Ulice čp. 39 & 40 1928
Drawing of Malá Ulice 1928
Provided by George Krejci

I’d really like to thank George for this one: This is a very interesting drawing of the buildings in question. Here we can see building refernce number 39 in use although it would appear that an upper storey has been removed.

Building reference number 40 is present – in the 1950s photograph, it is missing although the line of its roof can be seen on the adjoining building.

I wonder why these two houses were removed?

 

Malá ulice, Plzeň 2006
Mala ulice 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová

Thanks to Eva for this recent photograph – the view is from the opposite (east) end of the street and the site of the two buildings we’ve been talking about is marked by the brown wooden fencing (seen here on the right).

The building seen on the lefthand side of this photograph is also a very interesting building. This is the Stará Sladovna (the Old Malt House) which is also known as the StÅ™edovÄ›ká Krčma – The Medieval Ale House (or Tavern).

I don’t have any 1990s photographs of this building – nor even this street – but I do seem to remember it. I’m sure it wasn’t open – had it been, I would surely have quenched my thirst there.

 

Stará Sladovna - Středověká Krčma, Malá ulice, Plzeň 2006
The Old Malt House – Medieval Tavern 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová

This is a better view of Stará Sladovna.

 

Malá  ulice, Plzeň 2006
Malá ulice 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová

This view of Malá ulice is very similar to the first 1950s photograph.

 

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