Just wondering if you know what’s happening to two things that we pass every day (we live in Maze Hill)? One is the King William IV pub that seems to be being renovated or at least they’ve boarded up the windows and there’s lights on inside…
The other is the big demolition planned on the corner of Trafalgar Road and Blackwall Lane – there’s signs up for Kent Demolition but can’t see anything on the Greenwich planning site. Will we be seeing more modern flats or is there something a bit more exciting planned?
The short answer is I have no idea. We’ve been discussing the demolition on the corner of Blackwall Lane for several weeks now, and no one seems to have any idea what’s going on. I agree there’s nothing on the council website – and last I knew even Mary Mills had no idea (any news yet, Mary?) They must mean business, since the hoarding has come down, and no landlord would knowingly be without their advertising revenue unless they had serious plans afoot.
As for the William IV, I noticed that before the windows were boarded up, they were beginning to get rather smashed up . One window had what looked like a bullet hole in it, though was probably more like where some oik had thrown a stone. Best-case scenario is that the boards are temporary while a Michelin-starred chef turns it into a gastric destination people would leave Bray to visit.
I truly hope they’re not going to demolish it; it’s one of the very few buildings in Traf Road that has any personality whatsoever. It was always rather pretty inside, too, though I didn’t dare go in very often. I have often wondered to myself where the scam-mongers who used to do those seriously dodgy “clearance sales” shift their red-hot wares now King Billy’s not around to play host.
As practically everything around there belongs to Morden College I’m assuming the freehold belongs to them. I truly hope they’re not going to do the greedy thing like so many charities around Greenwich and demolish the King William just for the cash. It’s an eyesore now – but it could be a marvellous pub if someone cared to give it the same kind of attention the boozers in West Greenwich routinely get.
And all the time that interesting buildings are under threat in East Greenwich, its less-than-beating ‘heart’ continues to languish behind hoardings, the only difference ever being the occasional shift of Government department signage every time the political music stops.