There is no God: The Walpole gets knocked down

I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist - that is, I don't make the mistake of thinking that the cosmos gives a damn one way or the the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.
- HP Lovecraft

Demolition of The Walpole pub in New Cross, to make way for the construction of a new hotel (pictured below), has begun. The replacement looks like it should be a decent addition to the area, but why a handsome old building has to go, while the orange travesty next door remains, is something only Cthulu can explain.

21 comments:

Lizzie B said...

Ah, such a shame... can we put up a big sign saying demolishers and builders you want next door actually?

Michael Channon said...

Not really saddened by the lose of The Warpole - I saw fights galore break out from there, and students mixing comfortably with their teachers too often there.  But, I don't like the idea of this hotel thing either.  I am sure we'll see more fights break out and teachers being comfortable with their students there a lot more...

Abc said...

can't see much difference between the hotel and the adjacent building

Rimjob said...

Won't somebody think of the tiles!?

Brockley Nick said...

Colour, form, materials, function, window size, roof line, doorways, etc. Other than that, you're right, they are remarkably similar.

Abc said...

both look like big lego constructions - square and square

Brockley Nick said...

The Walpole was "square". The buildings on the other side are "square". A lot of buildings are "square", because that's an efficient shape. If you look at the orange monster, it's actually less "square" than most. It has jutting out bits and po mo arches. If you can't see any significant difference, then you obviously don't care about these things, so why bother commenting?

terrencetrentderby said...

Looks like progress, well done honest developers.

Abc said...

The reason I bother to comment is I don't see an orange monster, and I don't see why you criticise the building next to a pub that is being demolished. Of course I apologise for having a different opinion to you.

Boxmania said...

I guess an eccentric building with knobbly bits, tiles and decoration will be replaced with the usual boxy nonsense that seems to be formula for a budget hotel. 

Why would anyone stay there when there are so many alternatives at Deptford Bridge and along the Greenwich Rd?

It will takes some powerful search engine trickery and website magic to make a silk purse out of this one.

Anon said...

And note how the new building has a flat roof the height of the apex of the orange building, thus overpowering the terrace of shops next to it.

Brockley Nick said...

If you'd said you don't mind the orange building, that would have been a matter of opinion. But instead, you said the two buildings were the same, which is not a matter of opinion. Anyway, you like the orange building. Great.

Brockley Nick said...

"Why would anyone stay there when there are so many alternatives at Deptford Bridge and along the Greenwich Rd?" Because this is handy for the ELL in a way that all the others you mention aren't? 

Harrythenutsack said...

does not matter what you build there your still going to have the hostel behind it 

Tamsin said...

If the Walpole was going to be knocked down the planners should have been on the ball and insisted on the building line being taken back to the level of the orange building and the terrace next door rather than occupying the former footprint exactly and jutting out into the street with an even more overpowering presence.

Bad move all round.

Donald Harris said...

Is the "Walpole" the building that was once painted black? If so, it should NOT be demolished.

Monkeyboy said...

are you thinking of the venue? no, that isnt being knocked down.

newcrossres said...

Visited the Warpole today in an attempt to salvage the tiles, They have assured me that some will be re-installed back into the building. Any others i can collect or try and salvage- I live down the road and will keep my eye on it, They are still up on the wall for now, the builders are also really friendly and helpful and allowed me to take some pics ;)

dadadave said...

even lovecraft would want to save the tiled wall. Campaign for the saving of the tiled wall!

dadadave said...

shame

Gill said...

As far as I can see over the top of the hoarding, all the rubble from the upper floors has been allowed to fall through to the ground floor, and the tiles don't seem to have been protected or salvaged. I thought that was one of the conditions of the planning consent?

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