Local Anger at
Loss of Local Listed Building
The Stag and Hounds with the collapsed
All that remains of the collapsed
A row has blown up over the reported collapse
of the barn to the rear of the Stag and Hounds Public House in
St Leonards Road. The barn dates back several hundred years and,
as part of the Grade II listed Stag and Hounds, was also listed.
As such both the owners and the local authority had a duty of
care towards it.
Now all we have is a pile of rubble. Many
will demand that the barn be rebuilt, others will claim that
the site should be redeveloped.
Roger Sutton, Windsor
& Eton Society (Heritage & Environment Secretary), writes:
"You will be sorry to hear that the
Grade II listed barn behind The Stag and Hounds in St Leonard's
Road is now a pile of rubble.
"Not only is this a tragedy which should not have been allowed,
but it is a clear demonstration of the amount of effort that
the Royal Borough is prepared to invest in Windsor's heritage.
"We need to find out who carries the
can - is this a technical recommendation to demolish from the
Conservation Officer or a political decision? It must not happen
again. The Society made it crystal clear on two occasions in
writing that it should not be allowed to happen. "
Susy Shearer writes:
"Thank you for passing on this sad
"I am staggered by the insensitivity, lack of insight and
foresight, and sheer ignorance demonstrated by this latest blow
to our heritage.
"It is a devastating reminder of the vulnerable status
of 94% of the listed buildings in the UK which fall into the
Grade ll / ll* category --- these include examples
in Windsor such as Clewer Manor, the Convent and The Chapel,
Recognition House and Edgeworth House, to start the long list.
"When will we really feel ourselves to be on course
to preserving monuments of our local social, architectural
and cultural history in a consistent manner and with any sense
of hope for the longer term?"
Mary Rose Gliksten writes:
"I have been given
an explanation of what has apparently happened here.
"As you know, an application to
demolish was lodged some months ago but the issue had never come
to committee. Building control became involved in order to ascertain
the condition of the building and - I am told - found it dangerous.
"Some of the dangerous elements were stripped back to ascertain
whether the rest of the building was saveable but the building
shifted and the whole structure was judged to be dangerous leading
to its "collapse."
"The point was made to me that lorries delivering to the
pub may have hit the building exacerbating any structural decay
already there. The recent very dry, followed by very wet weather
were cited to me as possible accelerating factors.
"I believe that a report will come to the planning committee
and I cannot, of course, pre-judge how that report will be received.
"The loss of any historic building is desperately sad but
we will have to ask questions of Building Control and determine
exactly what they found there before we can reach judgement."
"I'm afraid that I do not believe
a word of it. We had discussions back in August and it appears
that there was considerable pressure to agree to demolish. The
Society wrote twice to reinforce our view that it should be retained
even if there were apparent structural problems - the building
was not very large, after all.
"I would think that our view is that this situation should
be taken very seriously and that it should be rebuilt - the old
beams and bricks are still on site; otherwise it is giving in
to commercial pressures - The Borough has the powers and should
"I will, of course, refer this situation
to the Heritage sub-committee for their considered view."
Roger Sutton has
"This is a blatant example of 'listed
buildings falling over' to please developers. All parties should
be pilloried accordingly. Otherwise what is the point of conferring
It's up to the residents
We urge all residents to lobby their local
councillors and MPs to express their concern at this destruction
of their neighbourhood. The sad truth is that ill-considered
planning approvals or unenforced preservation orders and Listed
Building status can lead to legalised property vandalism and
line the pockets of property developers.
Only in years to come, when later communities come
to mourn the loss of significant local buildings, will the true
loss be realised. Attractive residential areas and neighbourhoods
take years to mature, yet can be wrecked in days.
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