Historic Uncle Tom’s Cabin pub may be demolished

Uncle Tom's Cabin, Blackpool
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Blackpool
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A seafront landmark dating back more than 100 years could be demolished.

The rising cost of essential repairs means keeping Uncle Tom’s Cabin, on Queen’s Promenade, open has become ‘uneconomical’, bosses say.

The pub, which has stood in its current form since 1907, is on the market for £750,000, advertised as suitable for development for residential, retail or leisure use.

A spokesman for the pub told The Gazette: “It has become uneconomical to carry out the repairs it needs.

“Whoever buys it will probably have it demolished.”

“We have been on the market for 18 months but the owners have not been able to find a buyer, which is why we are advertising now.

“It’s a landmark pub.”

Uncle Tom’s Cabin began life in the 1850s as a small clifftop hut where landlady Margaret Parkinson sold refreshments to the adventurous visitors who took the cliff path along the coast from Blackpool.

The original building was demolished in 1908 due to the erosion of the cliffs.

A new hotel of the same name opened on Queen’s Promenade in 1907, where it remains today.

It is currently on the market for £750,000 with property consultants Kennymoore as a ‘potential development site’, and is advertised as being ‘of interest to residential, hospitality, assisted living, retirement, retail and leisure sectors’. Some 24 companies and individuals from a range of different sectors have shown interest in the property.

The spokesman added: “The owners are prepared to sell the pub separately from the land at the back.

“It’s a real shame but it’s like any other venue in Blackpool. Everybody is struggling.

“Between the repairs needed and taxes it’s become uneconomical to keep running.

“Right now we are still trading and will continue to be open until at least the end of the season.”

The pub, which is named after the 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe novel of the same name, is the chosen venue for the Monster Raving Loony Party’s annual conference, which is planned for September 29 and 30 this year.

It was also a venue for last year’s Blackpool Music Festival.

Party leader Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope said: “It would be a great shame if it was demolished. It’s one of Blackpool’s oldest venues.”

Blackpool music festival organiser Jon Bamborough said: “It’s a great venue. It’s a historic building and I’m surprised its even allowed to be demolished because it’s been there for so long.”