The Pig’s Ear, dubbed The Piggy by regulars, was a former hotel, that became a tavern that graced downtown Peterborough for 152 years. It had a long history and many stories including one that Hank Williams got drunk on stage and had to be escorted out of the bar.
Before it closed, photographer Wayne Eardley created a black and white tribute to the iconic bar. He writes, “Peterborough’s underground music scene has been alive and well for over a century. The Pigs Ear has been around for just as long, providing a venue for musicians, poets, intellectuals and drunks. If James Joyce hung out in Peterborough it would have been at the Piggy.”
A controversy arose when the owner of the much-loved local tavern sold the property to developer Parkview Homes who planned to tear it down, along with the Black Horse Pub, another popular and historic watering hole, and had obtained a demolition permit, since it did not have historical designation. The news brought to light the backlog of buildings which had been recommended, but not legally designated as historic, leaving them vulnerable to demolition. The developer subsequently put the property back on the market.
The Pig’s Ear The lack in a city equivalent to the fight against that lack. Alcohol is common. Brick is common. Both are necessary to sieges, the good fight. This building, a war, warren. We dug in here because all the good soil elsewhere was already drunk by developers, and the factories here now almost out of Springsteen songs. No pigs, please, if we decide to take this loss too personally― We each carry a peace that has nothing to do with the hurt we drink against. Let’s become bricks if this ever happens again, when they come for our next institutional dive, or, for the first time in this Schrödinger’s downtown, build something withstanding. -JM
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