Pub Preservation: The Railway Hotel, Edgware

Railway Hotel in the rain.
‘Rail­way Hotel Unloved’ by Matt Brown, from Flickr, under Cre­ative Com­mons.

We don’t usually get involved in campaigns or promote petitions but this one struck a particular chord with us.

It was set up by Mark Amies (@superfast72) who blogs about his­to­ry and archi­tec­ture and has a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in inter-war pubs in the Greater Lon­don area. His piece on The Comet, Hat­field, is a par­tic­u­lar favourite of ours.

The Rail­way Hotel in Edg­ware, North Lon­don, the sub­ject of his peti­tion, is anoth­er pub from the same peri­od, so few of which are left that the remain­ing exam­ples have become pre­cious.

It’s a pub we know quite well even though we didn’t make it there on our tour of out­er London’s inter-war pubs ear­li­er in the year. It is men­tioned in pass­ing in Basil Oliver’s essen­tial 1947 book The Renais­sance of the Eng­lish Pub­lic House as a notable exam­ple of the kind of ‘impos­ing inn… qua­si tim­ber-framed’ that Tru­man, Han­bury & Bux­ton were build­ing at the time. Now, Mark says:

It closed in the ear­ly 2000’s and has remained board­ed up and unloved since. Last month there was an arson attack which left a por­tion of the ground floor ruined, as yet no one has been pros­e­cut­ed for this to our knowl­edge. The Rail­way Hotel has has sev­er­al own­ers since last year.

These sit­u­a­tions can be turned around. A cou­ple of weeks back we vis­it­ed The Fel­low­ship Inn, a sim­i­lar premis­es in South Lon­don, which hav­ing been list­ed is now the focus of a well-fund­ed project which promis­es not only to restore the build­ing archi­tec­tural­ly but also to bring it back to life, giv­ing over the pub to expe­ri­enced chain oper­a­tors, installing a micro­brew­ery, and turn­ing the derelict dance hall into a cin­e­ma.

2 thoughts on “Pub Preservation: The Railway Hotel, Edgware”

  1. Sim­ply bring the Rail­way Pub back to life! It is a main focal point to Edg­ware. It should be restored and made Fam­i­ly friend­ly, serv­ing Good home cooked meals.

    For­mer Patron
    Speak­ing on behalf of many oth­ers.

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