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Museum Rejects Offer from Leading Preservation Trust

On the 1st November, 2012 the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust wrote the Geffrye Museum to object to plans to demolish the pub. In the letter the Trust offered to take on the repair of the building:

‘We, the Spitalfields Trust would gladly take this building off your hands and repair it at our own cost, and find a positive new use for it that would positively enhance the Museum and its ‘quarter’. Demolition of a building of this calibre by a major London museum is surely not a positive way forward.’

The Spitalfields Trust is one of England’s most respected building preservation trusts, having repaired and brought back into use over 60 historic properties since its foundation in 1977. The Trust began its work in Spitalfields, east of the City of London (and just a short walk south of the Geffrye) where it rescued dozens of early 18th-century houses. Since then it has extended its operations outside London, restoring a medieval manor house in Wales and a Tudor gate house on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

Closer to home, it also, recently, oversaw the rehabilitation of a number of modest late Georgian houses in Whitechapel – of a similar scale and character to the Marquis of Lansdowne. The effect on this overlooked and unappreciated district has been transformational and the project received the ‘Restoration of the Century’ award from Country Life Magazine in 2011.

Sadly, in a letter of 19 November, the Geffrye Museum rejected the Trust’s offer.

The Trust believes that the pub, which has an estimated market value of around £400,000, is ripe for repair and rehabilitation and could easily be integrated into the museum’s plans and put to a range of uses.


the Marquis of Lansdowne seen from the back of the Museum


The offending article

This is the former Marquis of Lansdowne pub on the corner of Cremer St and Geffrye St. It’s right next to the new Hoxton overground line and it backs onto the Geffrye Museum.

The Geffrye Museum plans to demolish the pub in order to make way for their new extension designed by David Chipperfield Architects. They are doing this with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund – which is – I believe – in complete opposition to the HLF’s first stated claim to “Conserve the UK’s diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy”.

While of course we support the Geffrye Museum in their bid to extend their museum we strongly oppose the demolition of the pub.

The museum is a museum of the domestic interior from 1600 to the present day “the Geffrye Museum depicts the quintessential style of English middle-class living rooms” but if this demolition goes ahead the museum will destroy a genuine example of the living room of the working class – the Public House.

To sign the petition go here.

The Flying Scud on Cremer St and Hackney Road: then and now

I thought i’d start this blog with a post about another pub on Cremer St, the Flying Scud, that was demolished 5 years ago – it’s an example of how far Hackney’s heritage has been eroded. The Marquis of Lansdowne, which is on the corner of Cremer St and Geffrye St is a far less charismatic but non the less handsome public house whose fate lies in the hands of the Geffrye Museum.