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The Wolf at Dedworth
(Latterly The Maypole)

The Maypole formerly The Wolf

The Maypole pub in Dedworth Road, known to the locals as The Wolf, was demolished by Nicholas King Homes in early 2003. They illegally worked on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
  There had been a pub on the site for at least 240 years. It had always been known as
The Wolf apart from in the last ten years when it was known first as The Dedworth Arms and then The Maypole.   It had been the identity of the village of Dedworth.
  Since then the developer has put in six applications to build flats on the site. The first two applications were for 34 flats in a four-storey building which would have meant a huge and unsightly block in the middle of Dedworth, higher than the Church across the road and dwarfing the bungalows already on the site.
  The council failed to come to a decision on this in the allotted time and so the developers have appealed to the Deputy Prime Minister. His office has arranged a public enquiry on
3rd and 4th February at the Maidenhead Room, Guildhall, Windsor, from 10 am. Please turn up to support the villagers.
  The council later produced a document with nine reasons why they would have refused the application. The council is to be congratulated on this, but it has not deterred the developers.
  Subsequent applications have been put in for 31 and 26 flats. These would still produce a horrendous monstrosity which would dominate the skyline of Dedworth and would be out of keeping with the area. The site should not be used for more than about a dozen flats and on two floors only.
  But it was not a site where there was housing before. It was there for leisure use. It was not just a pub. It was a meeting place, a restaurant, and the Church held its Summer Fair there. The Motorcycle Action Group met there. So why should there be flats there at all?

Demolition begins

Demolition begins

Demolition continues

Demolition continues

Demolition nearly complete

The demolition is completed

Our thanks are due to PM for preparing this article and supplying the photographs.

Residents wishing to comment on the development are invited to 'post' their views here on the Windsor Pubs Forum, anonymously if you wish. Selected contributions may be placed on these pages to form a permanent record.

We would welcome your memories about The Wolf in years gone by.

Update 6th March 2004

The inspector turned down the appeal and the developers will not be allowed to build 34 flats. However, they have now appealed on their other applications for 31 flats and there will be another public enquiry at the Guildhall on 22nd June.

There was only one reason that it was turned down. The impact of the building on the surrounding area. He thought that transport was adequate. He doesn't live here!

The flats were eventually completed in 2005.

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