Walpole demolition 'imminent'


BC reader Bashredford reports that the Walpole pub in New Cross is due to be demolished shortly, to make way for a new hotel (above).

The pub closed last year and Fashsmash had been interested in re-opening it as a location for a pop-up restaurant, to follow the success of his Shoreditch roof-top pizzeria, Forza Win. Unfortunately, he reports:

I walked past The Walpole earlier and spoke to a guy working there. It has been closed as unsafe, with twenty years of damp and will begin to be demolished in the fortnight, with a 60 room hotel being built there as soon as possible. In the interim, nobody allowed in!

The news also means that he's still looking for a venue in the area for his restaurant. So if you can help him find somewhere, we'll get a pizzeria. BC tried to sell him The Tea Factory, but he needs a more temporary space.

25 comments:

Pathum Rat said...

Right that's it.

We're all clubbing together to by the Jam Circus as a 'Community Project' and setting it up as a Pizzeria.

Sorted.

Teatowel said...

How about the Montague Arms?

Anonymous said...

How about a collaboration with the Wickham Arms

Brockley Nick said...

That is a really good suggestion. They don't have much of a kitchen, I don't think. But maybe that doesn't matter - they could set something up in the garden?

neilgadhok said...

Masons!

Anon said...

They can have their pick of empty units on Honor Oak Park high street...

Kin said...

Seconded on the Wickham Arms. That place really needs a boost.

Kin said...

Or else there is that vacant restaurant space by the White Hart Hotel down at New Cross Gate. Owned by the NXG Trust I believe. Looks like a big place.

cbw said...

Another vote for the Wickham! They always had promising signs outside referring to summer BBQs but unfortunately I've never managed to time it right - have never seen one. Something like this would be awesome. Not sure how the current operators would feel about it, though.

Guest said...

Maybe Pizza Express would be interested. Brockley could do with some pizza fare.

Tamsin said...

Useful to have a bit of warning.  Is someone getting in to take detailed photographs of the interior before it goes?

Tamsin said...

To save you going back through the other thread  - these tiles should have a detiailed photographic record made.  Will raise it at the Local History Society meeting this evening - but am not really in a position to do much else.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/7017532667/

Transpontine said...

A condition of the planning application being granted was that both the tiles and the tobacco roll sign from next door should be retained in the Hotel:

'11) A schedule of works for the dismantling of the faience tiled wall in the bar of the existing public house and its erection within the hotel hereby approved, shall be submitted to and agreed in writing by the Council and all works which form part of the schedule shall be implemented before commencement of the use, unless the Council has given its written consent to any variation.
12) A schedule of works for the dismantling of the tobacco roll hanging sign on the front elevation of 405 New Cross Road and its erection on or within the hotel hereby approved, shall be submitted to and agreed in writing by the Council and all works which form part of the schedule shall be implemented before commencement of the use unless the Council has given its written consent to any variation'.

I trust that the Council will be monitoring to ensure that this happens. Planning applications here: http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/LEWIS-XSLPagesDC/acolnetcgi.exe?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeResultDetail&TheSystemkey=55163

Danja said...

Unfortunately someone drove into the front of that and destroyed the frontage (and then ran off apparently), so nothing is going to happen there for a while.

Monkeyboy said...

Bit skeptical that THE DAMP IS SO BAD IT HAS TO DEMOLISHED IMMEDIATLY!

Depressed said...

Yes that lovely Victorian tiling will fit right in with the charmless modern build. This really is scandalous that the high street is being vandalised like this.

Headhunter said...

I'm sure the developers will rip the tiles out and ignore these conditions if they fancy, just as the developers who turned the crown and sceptre pub on friendly street ignored planning conditions and ripped all the original tiling off the front leaving it looking likean unfinished toilet block

Guest said...

Did anyone even go to the Walpole when it was open???

Warren2warren said...

Yes i've been there.
Does any one know if they are keeping any of the original features. It would be a shame to skip the curved victorian bar counter.

Brockley Nick said...

yes. It was a decent pub and reasonably busy when I went.

Gibby said...

Hi Tamsin, I didn't know there was a local history society. Do you have any information on how you can get involved with this?

Gibby said...

Yes, I did.

Steve19 said...

The Walpole has a fantastic original tiled wall I wonder whether that will go in the skip with everything else

Bshsii said...

60 room hotel in New Cross? Should be interesting.

Any word on which hotel company?

MalcolmB said...

I understand that the developers are now putting in an application to build a student accommodation block on the site rather than a hotel. This would be a privately owned block not specifically for Goldsmiths' students but for any student wishing to rent.

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