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Historic pub demolished

PUBLISHED: 12:52 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

HAPPIER TIMES: The Harrow Inn in days gone by.

HAPPIER TIMES: The Harrow Inn in days gone by.

A LANDMARK pub with a history dating back 300 years has been demolished.

A LANDMARK pub with a history dating back 300 years has been demolished.

Developers HFHA Ltd this week admitted it has no plans in the pipeline to redevelop the Harrow Inn pub site, in Abbey Wood Road which was bulldozed last month.

The British Beer and Pub association reported on Tuesday that some six pubs close in Britain every day, blaming disproportionate EU taxes for the decline.

A former regular at the pub, Colin Manning, 26, of Abbey Wood Road, said: "It's a real shame. Pubs like this are disappearing right from under your nose.

"We can see from old pictures that this used to be a real landmark for the area. With a Crossrail station opening eventually you'd think they'd want to keep some old culture. Our councillor did get it locally listed, but that didn't seem to help save it. No one knows what their plans are for it now."

HFHA has taken on a number of old south London pubs to develop into flats.

It has twice submitted unsuccessful planning applications to build flats on the Harrow Inn, which is thought to have existed on the lot in various forms since 1715.

The decision to demolish the building was made due to 'safety concerns', though Mr Manning said the site had for a period been left unlocked.

Fancyapint.com described the pub as "a moderately rough locals' pub with quite the mankiest beer 'garden' that we recall seeing in a long time".

However its demolition was lamented on a Facebook group set up by Mr Manning called RIP The Harrow Inn 1715-2009, where residents recalled the loss of pubs like the Abbeymead and the Pegasus.

Jeanie Oliver-Brown, from Abbey Wood, said: "This is a sad loss for the original Abbey Wood Village."

The agent responsible for the site was not available for comment as the Times went to press.

An HFHA spokesman said: "There are no plans for the site at the moment. We acquire sites and then put together different schemes so we can either sell them or complete the scheme and operate on it."

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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