risingsun-pubOkay. The Rising Sun had become a crack house but it was a gorgeous looking building.

Once again developers will put an application to Committee to tear down the pub and build flats. If memory serves two applications have been refused already but this time it seems there is a recommendation to approve this particular application.

Previous objections have raised issues of increased traffic to Wildfell Road, loss of light to surrounding homes and the possibility of increased crime.

Objections to the demolition

We understand that the pub had a dubious reputation just before it closed, but in the right hands it could return to being a thriving amenity for the local working and resident population. The proposals do not include a replacement public house so the demolition of the building would result in the loss of a potentially significant local
amenity.

The Catford area has already lost over 50% of its pubs recently. Pubs are local amenities and the Council should do what it can to keep them trading as they are important amenities where local people can meet and keep the local society together.

The Rising Sun has a prime position within the Catford high street and there is no reason why, with the right owner, it can’t become a successful pub.

The Rising Sun has an extremely attractive mock-Tudor exterior with half timbering and Tudor-style chimney stacks. It is one of the few architectural ornaments in Rushey Green. The proposed building is bland in comparison and would be detrimental to the appearance of the streetscape.

The Lewisham Local History Society objects to the proposal to demolish the Rising Sun Public House on the grounds that the existing building is of a quality which adds character to the central area of Catford.

Brief History of the Rising Sun

Rising Sun pub, Rushey Green
Rising Sun Inn, Rushey Green, Catford, Lewisham, c. 1830

The Rising Sun public house on the west side of Rushey Green and the George on the east provided stabling for horses involved in long and short distance coach travel. The arrival of the railways extinguished these functions. (Info curtsey of Ideal Homes).

So what now?

Whilst we wait for a decision let’s take a hard look at what is proposed for site.

Proposed development

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Paolo
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Paolo

This is a lovely building with plenty of space to the rear refurbishment will only prove an asset to catford in the right hands! Any information on how to acquire this property would be greatly received as I see the potential here. Thank you

Jayne Hinwood
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Jayne Hinwood

The Rising Sun was an old coaching house very old and was about the same age as the Green man by Peter pans pool. Planners can always get around the historical facts.

Jayne Hinwood
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Jayne Hinwood

Just seen that the Railway Tavern has gone, also all the old road houses gone from Catford. My Dad would be turning in his grave. He loved the occasional pint with his mates. Another piece of our history gone.

sabrina
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sabrina

It would be quite interseting if it could be turned into some kind of childcare facilty as alot of parents need childcare and there is a shortage in holiday playchemes

Robin
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Robin

How does one go about objecting. If this goes ahead then Catford is going to lose ALL of it’s little-remaining character. It would indeed be a sad day.

Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies

People today have forgotten the hidden importance of the ordinary British pub. Pubs are not only places to drink and socialise, but also places where people meet other people and talk. When people do not have ample opportunity to talk to each other in relaxed surroundings it allows the government, over a period of time, to increase it’s power and control over the populace. Pubs are fountains, not only of booze, but also of free speech, and every time one is closed permanently, then incompetent career politicians are handed more power. Don’t take my word for it. Look at the rest of the world and see where free speech is absent and government power is absolute. Usually no alcohol either.

Rod Riesco
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What a shame – I regularly attended folk sessions there in the 1960s (the Phoebus Awakes folk club) in the back room – featuring great singers like Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, Shirley Collins, Dave and Toni Arthur, etc, etc.