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Saturday19 August 2017

Motӧrhead pub gets community protection

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Art Deco building now classed as community asset

A 1930s Art Deco pub which has played host to Motӧrhead, Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention has been given protection from the wrecking ball after it was classed as a “community asset” under the 2011 Localism Act.

The decision means the owner of the Roundhouse in Dagenham, which was known as the Village Blues Club between 1969 and 1975, must offer local community groups the first chance to buy it if it goes on sale.

It was designed by specialist pub architect Alfred Blomfield, who was the in-house architect for a brewer and was also behind the French House pub in London’s Soho.

The Roundhouse was given immunity from listing three years ago by Historic England – with this runnning out in 2019 – and in its decision the group said: “Although an unusual pub, with a distinctive architectural form, the materials and detailing lack the quality expected for a pub of this relatively late date.” It added: “The connections between The Roundhouse and the famous bands identified as having played there are not strongly sufficient to merit designation.”

It was feared the pub, which was built in 1936 on the edge of the Becontree estate, might have to close and be redeveloped when the lease expired last summer. The pub is operated by Enterprise Inns.

 

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  • Good news. This would clearly be a very handsome building if someone could remove that paint from the brickwork.

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  • Lovely looking pub. I don't think I've ever been out to Dagenham for a gig. Perhaps they should resurrect this old musical tradition!

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