A beautiful historic pub abandoned for years in Croydon has been named as one of the most endangered Victorian buildings in the country.
The Leslie Arms Pub, on the corner of Cherry Orchard Road and Lower Addiscombe Road, closed in the late 1990s and has now been listed as one of the top 10 most at risk buildings in the country according to the Victorian Society.
The Victorian Society is a charity that campaigns to preserve Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England & Wales.
The grade-II listed building was built in the arts and crafts style in the 1850s by the brewers Nalder & Colyer and there are fears it could be lost forever if something is not done to bring it back into use.
The Victorian Society wants The Leslie Arms pub to be brought back into use (Image: David Cook)
Christopher Costelloe, director of the Victorian Society, said: “Victorian pubs are closing all over the country and it is no surprise that this year there is one on our top 10 endangered List.
“A particularly intractable case, this is a building of great quality where continued pub use should be viable. The right owner is needed!”
The Leslie Arms sign hangs from the stunning tower which really makes the building stand out and catch your eye.
The upper flats of the pub were converted into residential apartments in 2004 and remain tenanted according to the most recent planning application .
In a statement, Addiscombe West councillors said at the tie: “The Grade II-listed Leslie Arms is a landmark building for this part of Addiscombe and the owner needs to bring it back into public use as a community asset, either as a public house or local community centre.
The pub is on the busy junction between Cherry Orchard Road and Lower Addiscombe Road.
There is currently an planning application to develop the site that is awaiting decision. The development aims to preserve the building and turn it into a community space including a cafe
Courtesy of MyLondonNews