Historic Angel pub ‘could be demolished’ under Crossrail 2 plans

The Three Johns Pub in White Lion Street, Angel

The Three Johns Pub in White Lion Street, Angel - Credit: Archant

A historic pub in Angel could be demolished under Crossrail 2 plans, heritage campaigners have warned.

The locally listed Three Johns pub in White Lion Street, which was rebuilt in 1899–1901, is just one of a number of historic sites across the capital that could be demolished under plans for Crossrail 2, according to The Victorian Society.

Historic sites in Victoria, Tottenham Court Road, Wimbledon, Euston and Dalston are also under threat, campaigners say.

The proposed rail route would serve stations throughout the South East, linking south west and north east London, as well as destinations in to Surrey and Hertfordshire.

The Director of the Victorian Society, Christopher Costelloe, said: “The Society appreciates that Crossrail 2’s huge advantages for London cannot be achieved without demolishing some buildings.

“However, every effort must be made to use those sites which would minimise Crossrail 2’s impact on London’s unique and historic environment. Our suggestions would ensure that Crossrail 2 brings people to places that are distinctive and that retain their best historic buildings.”

Mike Harrington, Operations Manager for Barworks, which owns the pub in Angel, said: “We are disappointed and saddened to hear that the Three Johns could possibly be demolished to make way for the Cross Rail project. It being a historic landmark to the area, and somewhere a lot of people have made great memories.

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“However, we understand the need for progress and development for the City and its transport links.”

But TfL’s Managing Director for Crossrail 2, Michèle Dix, said demolition was “always our last resort” and insisted that no final decisions had been made.

“When planning Crossrail 2 we have looked to minimise the impact on local residents and communities as much as possible. While some buildings, including some Victorian buildings, are shown to be within proposed Crossrail 2 worksites they may not necessarily be needed during construction.

“Demolition is always our last resort and where buildings are needed we will try to ensure the façade is retained to maintain the character of the local area. Safeguarding does not give us permission to build the railway and no final decisions have been made.”

The public has until tomorrow, January 8, to examine maps of the areas and respond to the consultation.