An architecturally significant but derelict pub in Lee has made it into the top ten of a national endangered buildings list.
The New Tiger’s Head is on the Victorian Society’s Endangered Buildings for 2017 and the charity says it urgently needs a long term plan for sensitive restoration. The well respected list is created in the hope increased publicity about the plight of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales will help save them.
Residents from the Lee Forum recently raised concerns about the continuning deterioration of the pub in Lee Road which has been derelict and unused for nearly a decade. As on the border between Greenwich and Lewisham both councils are now set to undertake some emergency works to save the building’s interiors from further damage.
The pub which faces the Old Tiger’s Head on the other side of the is currently up for sale with Right Move with offers in excess of £2.5million requested. The property is listed as having a shop area with six flats above. Agent Paul Simon Seaton Commercial Estate Agents in North London did not wish to comment on the building’s seller or its status on the national list.
The Victorian Society is researching the pub are not very much is known about it’s history. There is a plaque on the inside of the double arched doorway claiming it was built in the 18 century however the society think the use of decorative terracotta on the façade suggests that much of it was rebuilt in the later 19th century. It is understood the council’s have also contacted the current private owner to request emergency repairs.
Christopher Costelloe, the director of the Victorian Society said: “We are pleased to hear that the emergency works to secure the interiors are under way, but what this building needs sooner rather than later is a long-term plan for sensitive restoration. Whether commercial or residential, this well-situated and architecturally significant building has great potential for regeneration and we hope that inclusion in this year’s Top 10 will encourage potential buyers to come forward to save it.”
Griff Rhys Jones, the Victorian Society vice president, said: “The Victorian Society’s Top 10 Endangered Buildings campaign is now in its tenth year and over the years we have seen what a difference it can make to the future of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in peril. All of the buildings on this year’s list have local, even national, importance in terms of their history and/or architecture. To have let them fall into their current state is deplorable, but there is still time to save them for future generations to enjoy.