Pub; usual story:
A fundamental port on the Westgate Wobble pub crawl, the Old Pack Horse has been closed for a few years now, and although a robust and attractive building, the developer sees no value in this and wants to get 5 houses on here.
Sadly much of the building is only 1 story, however, the 2 story portion of the building could certainly be integrated into a development.
And just like that, you’ve managed to capture a piece of history in perpetuity.
Interestingly, the New Pack Horse pub is just over the road. There is definitely something very Yorkshire about this perfunctory pub naming. Without both pubs present, the irony is lost. And irony theft is criminal around these parts.
Application to demolish The Queens Pub in Leeds:
I can’t think of another area of a city more comprehensively cleared and redeveloped in the post-war golden age of planning than Hunslet in Leeds. There is absolutely nothing left of the town that the Victorians built here. Aside from this pub.
I have no idea how it has survived up until now, but it has. This will be the final nail in the coffin for Hunslet’s sense of place. All for a van rental shop.
Of all the West Yorkshire local authorities Leeds has the best record of dissuading pub owners from selling out to developers. Lets hope conservation of this fragment of history is fought for by council officers. There must be some small print in the Aire Valley Area Action Plan that precludes this action, surely?
Application to demolish public house in Shipley:
A formidable white cube of a building from 1840, as the name suggests, there is a lot of social history tied up in this institution.
The Odd Fellows reflected those individuals outside of guilded institutions, yet wished to fraternise with like minded folk. Rather like the Masons, the Odd Fellows order built a network of meeting halls like this. In Yorkshire they are another reflection of Victorian will for civic participation and social capital.
Now, it reflects the death of pub culture, and I am saddened to include this building on this list, having such an intriguing and benevolent provenance.
Very interesting building cluster in Batley to be knocked down:
I am always interested in Victorian buildings that turn corners. We don’t seem to do that anymore. A tight radius, and a front wall abutting the pavement would be at odds with junctions visual splays these days. This is why we love heritage – much of the built form of yore would not be acceptable any more, and that makes it invaluable.
Its another pub lost forever, and a particularly unique one at that, being a composite of a number of small buildings.
It looks in good condition and there is no extensive car car to develop so I’m not sure why the owner wants to pull it down. So as always another public building is removed from a small struggling town, leaving the surrounding urban area a suburban space, with amenities a short car journey away.
I would love to have a pint in this pub. And it looks like I never will.
Hare and Hounds in Ilkley:
“Delius Lived Next Door” in Bradford:
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 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.
Application to demolish a long term vacant pub in Bradford:
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.
Demolition of pub in Barnsley:
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.