Whether your remember it as the Railway Tavern, the Copperfield or Catford Bridge Tavern, the old pub next to the station went up in flames on 1 March.

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The London Fire Brigade were called out around 6pm on Sunday to tackle the blaze. According to their report the whole of the roof and second floor and most of the first floor was damaged in the blaze.

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This is sad news for locals like me who were looking forward to the reopening of the pub we fought to hold on to.

The Fire Brigade don’t know the cause of the fire as yet they but they don’t think it’s suspicious at this time. That is good to know but given the pubs recent chequered history conspiracy theories abound.

There is suggestions that the pub was hit by lightening along with possible proof that lightening struck around the time the pub caught fire.

Whatever the cause it’s extremely sad news that a piece of Catford’s history has gone up in flames.

As much as I like Catford Constitutional and what Antic has done with the space, I was really looking forward to the reopening of the Catford Bridge Tavern. Solitaire, the independent pub company that took over the pub had some interesting plans for the place.

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UPDATE: The owners of Catford Bridge Tavern have posted a statement on their website about reopening the pub:

Last night, the fire brigade attended a fire at The Catford Bridge Tavern. The fire was extinguished and no-one was hurt. The LFB web site notes that they weren’t treating the incident as suspicious.

Everyone working on restoring the pub is pleased that no-one was injured in this unfortunate incident. Michael Nicholas from Solitaire Restaurants, owner of The Catford Bridge Tavern, notes: ‘We’re not in a position to comment on the fire, but we are working to ensure that the site is safe and secure. Our intention has always been to reopen the pub and nothing has changed in that regard.’

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This sounds like good news for the community. I wish them well in restoring the pub and look forward to the time when the Tavern will be open for business again.

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Roger Parr
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Roger Parr

I just watched a 5 minute video of the fire, an aerial appliance was there (legs extended) but no sign of water coming from it! It fact there was no sign of the fire being tackled at all, no water from hoses etc. No wonder it took hold and ended up taking 5 hours to put out.

Brian
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Brian

Not a good day for Catford. Would have to concur with some of the other comments in that this smells extremely fishy after years of very bitter disputes with developers. Just have to hope that the pub chain will keep to their word and see the job through despite all the damage as it’s a key part of the regeneration plan if (and it’s a big if given the distinct lack of real progress) it ever gets off the ground.

Catford Saint
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Catford Saint

A huge shame. The Catford Bridge Tavern was such a good pub until Tesco and the developers started playing with it. I fear the building will remain a ruin for the foreseeable future.

Not a good selling point for potential buyers at Catford Green next door………

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Catford Saint
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Catford Saint

Info via Brockley Central that planning permission has been given and rebuilding will take place during 2016.
Very good news.