Local listing to protect resort landmarks

The distinctive architecture of The Victory means it earns its place on the list of important buildings which deserve conservation. Below:  The Syndicate building in Church Street has not been included.
The distinctive architecture of The Victory means it earns its place on the list of important buildings which deserve conservation. Below: The Syndicate building in Church Street has not been included.
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Hidden gems including some of Blackpool’s best-loved pubs are set to get heritage status.

The Mitre, the Pump and Truncheon and the Cedar Tavern are among favourite drinking holes judged important enough to be given a special ‘local listing’.

The Syndicate building in Church Street has not been included.

The Syndicate building in Church Street has not been included.

The Metropole Hotel, Robert’s Oyster Bar, the Victory Pub and the Pricebusters building are also on the list.

But there is no place for the former ABC cinema on Church Street which the council is proposing to demolish.

The latest local list covers the town centre and is aimed at preserving assets which do not qualify for a national listing but are still considered worthy of preservation.

The list would be taken into account by planners when considering development proposals and add weight to protecting a building from being knocked down or altered.

Kerry Haddock, landlady of The Mitre on West Street, said: “We’re the smallest pub in Blackpool and the building is 150 years old.

“We are one of Blackpool’s hidden gems and people say they like it because it’s a proper pub. I’m delighted it’s on the list.”

Ben Edwards, licensee at the Cedar Tavern, said: “This is great because Blackpool needs to preserve its traditional pubs.

“The Cedar Tavern started off life as a bank and has only actually been a pub for 30 years.

“We have a couple who drink here and they had a bank account here when it was a bank.”

Robert Wynne, who owns the Pump and Truncheon on Bonny Street, recalled the hostelry was nearly lost in a blaze.

He said: “It is not that old but it is probably one of the oldest buildings in this area because during a big fire in the late 1980s, the Pump and Truncheon was just about the only building not to be burnt down.

“It has a special connection with the emergency services (Blackpool’s police HQ is just across the road), so I think the fire brigade really wanted to save it!

“It still has its stone floors and wooden walls and its traditional cellar.”

A panel of experts including a senior planning officer, an architect, council built heritage manager Carl Carrington and Blackpool Civic Trust president Elaine Smith are drawing up the local lists which will eventually include around 315 buildings in total.

The first list covering Bloomfield, Victoria and Waterloo wards has already been agreed, and this latest one covering Talbot, Tyldesley, Brunswick and Claremont is due before the planning committee on May 14.

Stephen Brennan, who has led the campaign to save the former ABC cinema, more recently used as the Syndicate nightclub, said he was dismayed that building had been excluded.

He said: “The ABC might not architecturally be like something like The Grand Theatre but it is historic for the town.

“The fact it is not on this list is another sign the council never had any intention to do anything with that building but demolish it.”

But Mrs Smith said: “The ABC was not included because everything that was of historic interest has already been taken out of that building.

“Everyone on the panel felt the same and the list has been out to public consultation.”

A report to councillors says the aim is for the council to “adopt a local list of heritage assets so it can be assured that future development proposals respect and draw inspiration from Blackpool’s built, social and cultural heritage.”

The local list does not, however, give the same level of protection as a national listing which landmarks including The Tower and Winter Gardens have.


The details of the town centre buildings which are to form the Local List


2 Forest Gate; 237 and 239 Layton Road; Bailey’s Inn, Layton Road; New Road Inn, Talbot Road; No. 3 pub Whitegate Drive; No. 4 and Freemasons Hotel, Layton Road; Cobble wall, 84 Newton Drive; St Kentigern’s church and school, Newton Drive; St Thomas’ Church and Hall, Caunce Street; Victory Hotel, Caunce Street.


Baptist Tabernacle, Springfield Road; Claremont Primary School, Westminster Road; Counting House, Talbot Square; Drill Hall, Talbot Road; Electricity substation, Devonshire Road; Empress, Exchange Street; former Imperial Cinema, Dickson Road; former Railway Hotel, Talbot Road; former Roman Catholic School, Talbot Road; former Unitarian Church, Dickson Road; Metropole Hotel, Promenade; Princess Parade Colonnades; boundary wall and railings, former Devonshire Road Hospital; Royal Bank of Scotland, Talbot Road; Springfield Road Methodist Church; Tower of former St Paul’s Church, Dickson Road; St Paul’s vicarage/Claremont Family Centre, Egerton Road; Sacred Heart Presbytery and shop, Talbot Road; Claremont Community Centre, Claremont Road (former library); Claremont Park and Recreation ground.


Comrades Club, Adelaide Street; 135 Hornby Road; 136 Hornby Road; 214 Hornby Road; 29 Leicester Road; Lloyd’s Bank, Corporation Street; 44 and 46 Church Street and 36, 38 and 40 Corporation Street; former Liberal Club then Clifton Cinema Church Street; Monsoon - former Lyons Corner House, Church Street; 8 and 10 Raikes Parade; Abingdon Street Market, 14,16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 Abingdon Street; Albert Road Spiritualist Church, 71 Albert Road; Bus Station, Talbot Road; Cedar Tavern, 15 Cedar Square; Churchills, Topping Street; Feldman’s Arcade (Yates), Promenade; former bank, Clifton Street; former bank, Talbot Road; former Liberal Club, Victoria Street;former Methodist Church, Raikes Parade; former Regent Cinema, Church Street; former Union Bank (Barclay’s), Birley Street; former Woolworth’s Store, Promenade/Adelaide Street West; Friends Meeting House, Raikes Parade; Hop Inn, King Street; Huntsman Building, Promenade; King Edward flats and shops, Central Drive; King Edward VII, Central Drive; Masonic Hall, Adelaide Street; Mitre Hotel, West Street; Northwood, Reads Avenue; Progress House, Town Hall Extension, Market Street/Corporation Street; Pump and Truncheon, Bonny Street; Ramsden Arms Hotel, Talbot Road; Roberts Oyster Rooms,Promenade; Scruffy Murphy’s, Corporation Street; shop, 43-47 Market Street; Stanley Arms, Church Street; Stanley Buildings, Caunce Street/Cookson Street/Church Street; Sunshine Deli, 43/43a Whitegate Drive; The Edith Centre, Bank Hey Street; 89 Park Road; bank, Birley Street; Shaw’s depository, Whitegate 


All Saints Church Hall, Park Road; Barnardo’s, Bennett Avenue; Blackpool and The Fylde College, Palatine Road; First Church of Christ Scientist, Whitegate Drive; former bank, 369 Whitegate Drive; Grasmere Road Methodist Church (Bethesda Congregational); Marton Library, Waterloo Road; Palatine School, Bennett Avenue; St John Vianney’s RC School, Park Road; St John Vianney Church, Glastonbury Avenue; Rosehaven Residential Home, Whitegate Drive; 223 Whitegate Drive; CSL, Oxford Square (former Thomas Motors), Waterloo Road; Whitegate Family Centre, Whitegate Drive.

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