Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Framlingham: Closure of the White Horse prompts fears for future of historic listed building

17:01 30 July 2014

The  White Horse pictured before its closure

The White Horse pictured before its closure

The closure of a historic pub in east Suffolk has prompted concerns the Grade II-listed building may be vandalised or left to fall in disrepair.

shares

The White Horse in Well Close Square, Framlingham, which dates back to the 16th Century, has been left vacant while new tenants are sought.

Christopher Hudson, who is one of Framlingham’s district councillors, has expressed concerns at the potential loss of “another heritage asset”.

“Six people have raised their fears with me that the building will be vandalised and I think it’s sad to see a heritage asset not in use – it’s a retrograde step,” he said.

“I think this is an example of change in the town which is very much for the worse and I hope we can find a new tenant or a community use for it as soon as possible.”

The pub, which boasts ample car parking, a large outdoor space and capacity to host live music events, was said to be a popular attraction in the town several years ago.

Though its appeal has waned somewhat since, there are those who believe its former glory can return.

Carol Pennington, who owns the Old Mews Gallery in Market Hill and used to run the King’s Head in Woodbridge, said the pub had “great potential” and it would be a “crying shame” for it to be boarded up.

“It used to be a very successful pub, it’s nicely placed, there’s a private garden, a large car park and it could be very popular,” she added.

The Suffolk Campaign for Real Ale, quoting Alfred Hedges’ Inns and Inn Signs of Norfolk and Suffolk, said the pub building dates back to 1510.

John Bridges, president of the Framlingham and District Local History Preservation Society, added that it had been used as an inn from at least 1750, and had been bought for £900 by James Brunning in 1832 –along with 26 horses.

Mr Bridges said it would be a “great shame” if the pub was left in disrepair and hoped a new tenant would take it on. Andrew Lovejoy, a historian in the town said it was an “important part of its heritage”.

Tom Nichols, of the letting agents Everard Cole, said the closure was temporary and he was “determined to find a long-term solution”.

The pub’s owner, Wellington Pub Company, did not respond to a request for comment.

shares

1 comment

  • was it the smoking ban to blame for pubs to keep on closing???

    Report this comment

    fab 10

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Angela Rushforth, managing director of Ridgeons, with the firm's Investors in People gold accreditation.

Regional timber and builders’ merchant chain Ridgeons has been awarded a “gold” rating under ther Investors in People (IiP) programme.

Alex Till of Menta.

Suffolk-based Enterprise agency Menta and the county branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) are working together to help Suffolk business owners as they strive for growth.

The water unit from the Prince's Street fire station with Ipswich with officials from the Port of Ipswich and students from Suffolk New College at the water safety demostration hosted by the port.

The Port of Ipswich teamed up with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to stage a rescue simulation off Orwell Quay.

From left, Chris Chamberlain from HTK, Vicki Cole from Crafted and Helen Dodman from Ipswich Central, the three organisations behind the Destination Digital conference.

The company behind the delivery of the Ipswich town centre Business Improvement District project has teamed up with two local digital specialist to stage a conference on online marketing for the tourism and hospitality sectors.

French Connection has warned that it faces a substantial loss when it posts its annual results.

Fashion chain French Connection today warned that it now expects to make a big annual loss after seeing its recovery hopes dashed by a difficult spring trading period.

Andrew Harrison, managing director of Stansted Airport.

Manchester Airports Group, parent company of Stansted Airport, scored a four-star rating in Business in the Community’s 2015 CR Index.

Dominic Casserley, group chief executive of Willis.

Global risk advice and insurance broking firm Willis has launched a 550million euro (£393m) offer to take full control of the French broker Gras Savoye.

Sainsbury's is to cut 800 jobs as part of a restructuring of its store operations.

Sainsbury’s is to cut 800 jobs as it becomes the latest supermarket to restructure its operations in the face of tough trading conditions.

The CWind Sword offshore support vessel.

Colchester-based offshore service vessel manufacturer CTruk has won an order to supply two more of its MPC22 boats to sister company CWind.

Kay Allen, founder of Trading for Good, and Paul Winter, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society.

Ipswich Building Society has been presented with a Responsible Business Award at a Trading for Good East of England event held in its home town.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages