Search

Keeping Newham heritage alive

06:30 05 September 2011

Members of The WestEast-Newham London Groups at a recent meeting with leaflets on the Spotted Dog

Members of The WestEast-Newham London Groups at a recent meeting with leaflets on the Spotted Dog

Archant

According to legend The Spotted Dog was used as kennels for Henry VIII’s hunting dogs.

Whether or not that is true, what is without doubt is that the building is an important and rare survival of a timber framed and weather boarded building in this part of east London.

Now, the former coaching inn built in the 16th Century, is on English Heritage’s At Risk Register after falling into disrepair.

Situated in Upton Lane, Forest Gate the pub was sold to private investors in 2004. The building remains unused and Newham Council is considering the long term use and re-use of the property in conjunction with Heritage of London Trust operations.

Prince Charles has shown an interest in the fate of the building which has also caught the attention of The WestEast-Newham London Groups whose members are trying to preserve the borough’s heritage.

The parent group WestEast-Newham London was founded in 2004, by Ray Savory, a former Forest Gate resident who now lives in Dorset. It currently has 249 active members.

This was followed in 2006 by Newham Debates, a general chat and debate forum which has 56 active members, again founded by Ray Savory.

Terry Maker who has been a member since 2009, said the group wants to see the Spotted Dog turned into a Heritage Centre.

He said: “There has been a protracted and wanton destruction in the name of progress that must be stopped. If the Spotted Dog is allowed to be ‘re-developed’ it means another part of our Heritage will be gone forever. If all the “2012 Promise” is to be believed, we will have visitors from all over the world. So! Let us be proud of our great past, and show it.”

Among the old buildings and parks the group is concerned about are:

*Angel Cottage, Stratford: a Grade II listed Georgian cottage levelled to the ground without permission over a weekend, when there was no one to stop the developers. Angel Cottage was located right under the official 2012 Olympics viewing platform. It was demolished in November 2007.

*The Old Dispensary, Stratford:This was the beginnings of what later became Queen Mary Hospital. Built originally about 1700, it is now a listed building. This is now being used as Newham Council’s Olympic 2012 offices and the Heritage Service.

*The Passmore-Edwards Institute & Museum, Stratford: Closed, so that the building could house a University of East London annexe, with the contents stored in the Stock Street, Plaistow. The institute closed in 1998.

*The Stock Street, Plaistow. The “Newham Heritage Service Archive”. Terry said: “The repository for all of our heritage, that is itself under threat. All of our heritage is hidden in a warehouse with no access for the public. It is high time it was retrieved, and displayed, for visitors to see.”

*The North Woolwich Old Station Museum, North Woolwich:The building was in use as a ticket office until 1979 when it was replaced by a more austere building on the one remaining platform. Closed in December 2006.

A petition to help save the Spotted Dog is available at http://stsd1.epetitions.net/.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 19:14
This weapon was seized by the Metropolitan Police (Pic by Metropolitan Police)

A Manor Park man pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of a prohibited weapon on Tuesday.

Yesterday, 16:43
Police want to speak to this man

A woman was assaulted at Canning Town station in a “violent attack” during the morning rush hour.

British Transport Police
Yesterday, 16:30
Two new train strikes are planned for June 4 and June 9  (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

Network Rail workers are to stage two strikes next month after a new pay offer was rejected.

London
Yesterday, 15:21
IMD Legion

IMD Legion may have crashed out of Britain’s Got Talent last night but members of the street dance crew are still hopeful that their journey on the popular ITV talent show is far from over.

ITV

Most read news

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder