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Historic pub interiors in peril

The number of nationally-important historic pub interiors considered to be 'at risk' remains at a disturbing level.

Red Lion, Ampney St. Peter. October 2016 - on the market as a private dwelling for £575,000

Red Lion, Ampney St. Peter

Doctor Johnson, Barkingside. Doctor Johnson, Barkingside, East London. Closed with its future uncertain as the agents that were advertising the property for sale are no longer doing so.

Doctor Johnson, Barkingside

Red Lion, Birmingham. Reported sold October 2016. Despite being Grade II-star listed, the pub has suffered from a lack of maintenance and care for many years; it closed in 2008 and is considered 'at risk'. Latest information is that it is likely to reopen as a restaurant, not a pub. It failed to sell at auction in October 2014 but the owner claimed that people were still viewing the pub and talks were taking place. The Council had inspected the interior and found no unauthorised works. Historic England At Risk register for 2015 SITE NAME: The Red Lion Public House, Soho Road, Birmingham DESIGNATION: Listed Building grade II* CONDITION: Fair OCCUPANCY: Vacant/not in use PRIORITY CATEGORY: C (C) OWNER TYPE: Commercial company LIST ENTRY NUMBER: 1276278 Public house, 1901-2 by James & Lister Lea for the Holt Brewery Company. Built of red brick with terracotta facade, the building is of unusual richness and completeness with interior detailing comparable with best surviving examples nationally. Leaking roofs have caused significant problems; pigeons occupy upper floors. A new owner undertook urgent works, including repairs to roof, and gained Listed Building Consent for re-use as a public house restaurant. However works have not been carried out and building is for sale/lease again since 2014. Condition is deteriorating. Contact: Katriona Byrne 0121 625 6858.

Red Lion, Birmingham

Kings Head, Blyth. Has new owners plan who to use the upper floor for living accommodation. They say that have no plans for the historic pub part at present but do not rule out returning it to pub use. Permission given to convert to residential use. MC 20-02-16

Kings Head, Blyth

Mawson, Chorlton-on-Medlock.

Mawson, Chorlton-on-Medlock

Royal Oak, Eccles. GB/MS visit 14.10.15 The landlord told us the pub is up for sale and that there is a prospective purchaser who seems to have plans to convert the upper part to residential. Intentions re the ground floor unknown. GB to contact the Liverpool Comservation Officer and alert the Victorian Society.

Royal Oak, Eccles

Hope & Anchor, Hammersmith. Permission to convert to residential with proviso that ground floor remains intact. MC Feb 2016

Hope & Anchor, Hammersmith

Carbrook Hall, Sheffield. Internal fire, late April 2018 - Jan Jackson - Heritage England contacted: ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Dear Jane Jackson I am writing to request that subject to a full internal survey the grade II* Carbrook Hall (list entry number: 1246476) is placed on the Heritage at Risk register. On Friday 4 May 2018 I was distressed to find out in a phone call from the Sheffield Star newspaper that there has been a fire at the Jacobean era Carbrook Hall, said to be in the early hours of Sunday 29 April. The reporter asked me for comments as in 2017 Sheaf Valley Heritage was the successful joint-applicant, along with Sheffield Campaign for Real Ale of an Asset of Community Value for Carbrook Hall, then operating as a pub. Inbetween the application being submitted and it being granted by Sheffield City Council the pub was sold by Punch Taverns and bought by West Street Leisure. Despite our interest in keeping the pub going as a pub it was then closed and boarded up. It’s safety has been a concern by many of us in the city ever since. “Heritage crime is defined for the purposes of this guidance as ‘any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations.” This is a heritage crime and needs to be rigorously investigated. I request that an full Historic England internal inspection take place as soon as possible to examine the regionally important and carved wooden fireplace on the ground floor and the Jacobean plasterwork on the first floor noted on the 1953 listing, but not seen for many years. Also the C17th stone pantry and kitchen area at the rear of the building which also comes under the grade II* listing. The area outside should be cleared of fire hazards as the building is in danger of further fire damage if this remains. Immediately by the building there are piles of firewood, large timber smoking shelters, an abandoned sofa, plastic water barrels and a hardboard sheet propped up against a window. In the circumstances there is potential for more fire damage using this as fuel. I am also concerned that this material could be piled up against the building and used to climb up through the first floor windows which are currently unprotected. I ask for an examination of the 24 hour security claimed by the new owner as it clearly has not worked in safeguarding the building. I ask that a 24 hour security presence be put on site to mitigate the likelihood of further damage. I urge the collection of information to start in preparation for an impact statement on this heritage crime/incident of arson. Local and community groups who have an interest in this grade II* listed building outwith statutory bodies include Sheaf Valley Heritage, the Sheffield branch of CAMRA, Joined Up Heritage Sheffield, The Sealed Knot and the English Civil War Society who have made use of this building for many years, the Steel City Riders motorcycle group who until recently used it for their meetings, and the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society. I note especially from the document Heritage Crime Impact Statements, Historic England 2018: “Where an owner, manager or guardian of a heritage asset or community group also wish to make a victim impact statement they should be encouraged to do so. This will complement any heritage crime impact statement.” This is crucial to an understanding of the cultural and impact on the community as well as the material damage caused. I note, also from Heritage Crime Impact Statements, Historic England 2018 - “An impact statement will allow heritage practitioners to express the impact of the crime both on the heritage asset and the surrounding area.” I attach photographs of the exterior of the building, taken on May 4 by myself, including some of the potential fire hazards. I also attach for your information the Asset of Community Value application granted by Sheffield City Council in April 2017 to Sheaf Valley Heritage and Sheffield CAMRA and which remains in place for another four years. I further believe it is important that the owner is contacted and provided with information on how to apply for grant aid and other support to enable them to make good the damage to the structure. Can you please pass this request on to the relevant officer in the Yorkshire or the national office. I would appreciate a call on this matter once you have received this email and I leave my phone number below. Kind regards Brian Holmshaw Sheaf Valley Heritage 07845 265547 Copied in to: Trevor Mitchell, HE Planning Director for Yorkshire Ian Morrison, HE Director of Planning John Stonard, SCC Head of Conservation Rob Murfin, SCC Chief Planning Officer Cllr Ian Saunders, Sheffield Heritage Champion Dave Pickersgill, Pub Preservation Officer, Sheffield Campaign for Real Ale Howard Greaves, Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society Jon Bradley, Joined Up Heritage Sheffield Valerie Bayliss, Victorian Society Sheffield Ron Clayton, concerned citizen, Sheffield FAO Heritage Crime Officer, South Yorkshire Police FAO South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Paul Ainsworth Chair, CAMRA Pub Campaigns Group Clive Betts, MP Newspaper article:

Carbrook Hall, Sheffield

Waterloo, Smethwick. Waterloo, Smethwick, West Midlands is closed, boarded-up but has recently been sold.

Waterloo, Smethwick

Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir. Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir, Scottish Borders. Closed but a possible reopening under Scotland's 'Community Right To Buy' legislation is imminent.

Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir