2 pubs in Bradford

Hare and Hounds in Ilkley:


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“Delius Lived Next Door” in Bradford:


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Two more pubs to be demolished (or as good as in the latter’s case) in Bradford. Of particular concern is the former ‘Delius Lived Next Door” (clue is in the name) which forms part of the conservation area within the University campus quarter of the city.

The conservation officer has laudably denounced the proposal as facadism, so it will be interesting to see how much weight the planning officer gives to his consultation.

The Hare and Hounds is not a building of such merit, but is on the cusp of being of a historical vintage, with an early 20th century aesthetic embodied in the Bankside-Powerstation-esque chimneys, and ornate brickwork within the interstices of the timber frame. Something about the architecture of this era embodies the interwar calm of England. Post 1939, everything became a bit more fraught.

And it is certainly concerning if Fayre and Square cant keep their pubs open.




Masonic Lodge, Bradford

Outline plans quickly approved by Bradofrd for the demolition of a former Masonic Lodge in a conservation area:


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Outline permission has been granted for the demolition and the redevelopment of this site for 12 houses. The usual planning balance predicated on a perceived housing crisis was applied, and as such concerns over impacts to Apsley Crescent conservation area were nullified.

Certainly a unique elevation, with buttresses obscuring what would otherwise be the primary elevation of the hall, the building reflects the enigma or the ancient order that once occupied the lodge.


Wapping School, Bradford

Derelict school to be demolished in Bradford:


Photo: Telegraph and Argus

Although grade II listed, this 1877 building is in ruin and will be demolished to make way for a new college. At this stage it is understandable that the building is beyond salvage, and having become a node for antisocial behaviour, will be cleared. The developer (LIFE Church) has made attempts to salvage some of the stone work and one of the gable ends of the building, but in reality the essence of the Victorian School will be gone.

The building should have never been allowed to fall into this state, and we need to look for innovative solutions for the reuse of our more nuanced Victorian heritage assets. Schools, mills, churches, and pubs are all problematic in re-purposing, yet there are heritage champions out there that need to be facilitated by local authorities to invest and develop such buildings.

The massing promises to reflect the existing building, but this will only result in a pastiche development. This development being an educational facility I imagine a process of value engineering will negate any attempts to be sensitive with building materials. There is no way around it – this is another beautiful Victorian school lost to history.

Fountain Inn, Heaton

Application to demolish a long term vacant pub in Bradford:


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Image from Telegraph and Argus.

April was a busy month in Bradford for conservation officers, this being the first of many threatened buildings to have an application to demolish levied against it.

The building is unremarkable, but the setting is an unspoilt Victorian townscape, with stone setts on the ground and narrow coursing of stone masonry on elevations (Greenmore rock perhaps?)

The pub alone can not be saved on grounds of heritage significance, but it will be to the detriment of the sense of place in this Bradfordian suburb when a cavity remains after this building falls.

Not many places like this remain. One fewer in the next few months.



Buildings in central Sheffield

Plans to demolish buildings on Upper Allen Street:



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Sweet cluster of buildings to be needlessly demolished and replaced by flats. Do the develops not understand that the very market to which they appeal likes old quirky urban high streets.

Go and buy a copy of Jane Jacob’s book The Life and Death of Great American Cities. Lesson 1; small building plots, rhythmic high streets, buildings of diverse ages….

I adore these buildings, which would never pass by  building regs these days. And that is what makes them geometrically interesting, inimitable, and human.

Sir Georges Arms, Wombwell

Demolition of pub in Barnsley:


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A unique elevation combining two architectural styles, divided by an undulating course. This pub is also exceeding tall for the area and presents something of a landmark to be lost when this application is inevitably approved.

I’m sure local interest in pubs will have its renaissance, but not quite before all the pubs have been demolished.

Incidentally, there is a Wetherspoons operating just up the road…the word uncercut comes to mind.

Former Miners’ Welfare Institute, Methley

Plan to demolish care home and former ball room in Methley:

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A domineering mock Tudor civic building from the turn of the 20th century, this building represents an interesting departure from the red brick materiality of the coal field mining villages.

Steeped in history, the building was most recently used as an extra care facility. The council now wanting to raise receipts for assets such as this closed the facility and sold off the land to a private extra care facility provider.

Whether or not the building is suitable for extra care provision is not for me so say, but I know that when I reach the autumn of my life, I’d rather live in a beautiful historic building than a utilitarian ‘facility’.

Why can we not use redundant historic buildings as homes for the elderly? What better way to live out your hard earned old age, than to be the custodian of a piece of history.