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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
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.
Kings Head (Converted to residential use), 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
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.
Red Lion, Handsworth, 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.
Waterloo, Smethwick. Waterloo, Smethwick, West Midlands is closed, boarded-up but has recently been sold.
Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir. Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir, Scottish Borders. Closed but a possible reopening under Scotland's 'Community Right To Buy' legislation is imminent.