Alarm as historic King Canute in Canvey sold

Echo: Alarm as historic pub sold Alarm as historic pub sold

A HISTORIC pub has been sold to developers, putting its future in doubt.

The King Canute pub, in Canvey Road, Canvey, will close its doors for the last time on Sunday, May 18.

All staff have been notified and offered jobs in other pubs run by operators the Stonegate Pub Company.

However, the company has refused to say who the pub had been sold to or what it would be turned into – leaving residents in the dark.

Shocked councillors fear Canvey will lose its historic building, which was used as a base for the Armed Forces to save residents from the 1953 floods. They are looking into listing the building to protect it from demolition.

Dave Blackwell, Canvey Island Independent Party leader, said: “It’s a landmark. It is probably one of the oldest historic buildings we have on Canvey.

“Everyone in the town knows it and everyone who visits Canvey goes to it.

“It is very sad that something like this has been sold off without anyone being told or it being discussed.

“We don’t know what it could be turned into, but Tesco and Wetherspoons are both desperate to get on to Canvey.

“People are worried about a famous Canvey landmark disappearing.

“There will be a fight and a half if theywanted to turn it into flats.”

Ray Howard, who represents Canvey West for the county, borough and town councils, said he had “grave concerns”.

He added: “It’s a nice structure, in an area which has a huge amount of history, which just needs a bit of attention.

“The King Canute is very dear to me. My family and I were evacuated from our homes during the flood.

“There are rumours flying around about what it could be turned into, including a Tesco Express or housing.

“I have got other buildings in Canvey listed in the past and I feel very passionately about this.”

Castle Point Council said it had not been approached by developers about the pub, and Wetherspoons confirmed to the Echo it was not looking at the site.

A spokesperson for Stonegate Pub Company, which owns the pub, said: “The King Canute is to close on Sunday, May 18, following the sale of the property.

“All our staff have been offered alternative employment within other businesses which we operate, including the Lobster Smack.”

! A Tesco spokesman said the company had no interest in the King Canute site.

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1:10pm Thu 1 May 14

pembury53 says...

that listed facade, will look a nice frontage, for the flats within....
that listed facade, will look a nice frontage, for the flats within.... pembury53
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Thu 1 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Knock it down, put a memorial stone, in its place and use the land for something useful. These out of date pub buildings are an eyesore on humanity.
Knock it down, put a memorial stone, in its place and use the land for something useful. These out of date pub buildings are an eyesore on humanity. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -18

2:00pm Thu 1 May 14

rayleigh123 says...

Is there no way the council can put a preservation order on it - or at least the front parts ??/
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Is there no way the council can put a preservation order on it - or at least the front parts ??/ . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 10

3:31pm Thu 1 May 14

Dingo says...

Dave Blackwell, Canvey Island Independent Party leader, said: “It’s a landmark. It is probably one of the oldest historic buildings we have on Canvey.

“Everyone in the town knows it and everyone who visits Canvey goes to it."

I've been to Canvey on numerous occasions. I've never been there.
Dave Blackwell, Canvey Island Independent Party leader, said: “It’s a landmark. It is probably one of the oldest historic buildings we have on Canvey. “Everyone in the town knows it and everyone who visits Canvey goes to it." I've been to Canvey on numerous occasions. I've never been there. Dingo
  • Score: 12

3:59pm Thu 1 May 14

Jack222 says...

It's capitalism ; if enough people used it then it wouldn't have been sold. Who cares if its a pub or desperately need accommodation? Do the profitable thing.
It's capitalism ; if enough people used it then it wouldn't have been sold. Who cares if its a pub or desperately need accommodation? Do the profitable thing. Jack222
  • Score: -1

4:36pm Thu 1 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's a sign of the times. Plenty of Pubs shut down and redeveloped as housing locally.

Double Six, The Powerhouse, The Commodore, Fortune of War.

Others shut and demolished . Laindon Hotel. Cricketers. Railway Hotel

One shut but still there as a building. The Long Riding. Van Gogh.

and that's just in the Basildon area
It's a sign of the times. Plenty of Pubs shut down and redeveloped as housing locally. Double Six, The Powerhouse, The Commodore, Fortune of War. Others shut and demolished . Laindon Hotel. Cricketers. Railway Hotel One shut but still there as a building. The Long Riding. Van Gogh. and that's just in the Basildon area Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

5:27pm Thu 1 May 14

Devils Advocate says...

Jack222 wrote:
It's capitalism ; if enough people used it then it wouldn't have been sold. Who cares if its a pub or desperately need accommodation? Do the profitable thing.
Not everyone feels the same as you about getting capital from capital. Some would like to see the money earned, Like the rest of us have-nots have to!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: It's capitalism ; if enough people used it then it wouldn't have been sold. Who cares if its a pub or desperately need accommodation? Do the profitable thing.[/p][/quote]Not everyone feels the same as you about getting capital from capital. Some would like to see the money earned, Like the rest of us have-nots have to! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 2

6:11pm Thu 1 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Really who the **** cares Ugly building !
Really who the **** cares Ugly building ! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -2

6:28pm Thu 1 May 14

Gay Ray says...

It seems that King Canute could not hold back the tide of change. Maybe just as well.
It seems that King Canute could not hold back the tide of change. Maybe just as well. Gay Ray
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Thu 1 May 14

runwellian says...

Horrible pub, people need homes more than a pint in this grotty pub.

Try selling off a few more!
Horrible pub, people need homes more than a pint in this grotty pub. Try selling off a few more! runwellian
  • Score: -4

9:11pm Thu 1 May 14

Royr says...

pembury53 wrote:
that listed facade, will look a nice frontage, for the flats within....
Listed?
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: that listed facade, will look a nice frontage, for the flats within....[/p][/quote]Listed? Royr
  • Score: -1

10:18pm Thu 1 May 14

ducky18 says...

Is this the same pub that nearby residents were whinging about the other week as patrons were parking in their road???
Is this the same pub that nearby residents were whinging about the other week as patrons were parking in their road??? ducky18
  • Score: 4

9:18am Fri 2 May 14

pembury53 says...

Royr wrote:
pembury53 wrote: that listed facade, will look a nice frontage, for the flats within....
Listed?
if listed, that facade......
[quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: that listed facade, will look a nice frontage, for the flats within....[/p][/quote]Listed?[/p][/quote]if listed, that facade...... pembury53
  • Score: 0

11:07am Fri 2 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

If people really cared about this pub then they would have been regular patrons thus making a decent profit for the owners. If nobody used it and it made a loss then it closes - simple. Canvey residents have nobody to blame but themselves for its closure. They didn't use it so they lost it.
If people really cared about this pub then they would have been regular patrons thus making a decent profit for the owners. If nobody used it and it made a loss then it closes - simple. Canvey residents have nobody to blame but themselves for its closure. They didn't use it so they lost it. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 4

11:46am Fri 2 May 14

pembury53 says...

it was a pub you used, at your own risk.... non locals not welcome here
it was a pub you used, at your own risk.... non locals not welcome here pembury53
  • Score: -1

5:04pm Fri 2 May 14

Tom Jea says...

If it is going to get Listed, better get a move on, or the same thing could happen as did to the Oysterfleet 'Lighthouse'- knocked down before a preservation order could be put on it.
If it is going to get Listed, better get a move on, or the same thing could happen as did to the Oysterfleet 'Lighthouse'- knocked down before a preservation order could be put on it. Tom Jea
  • Score: 2

5:51pm Fri 2 May 14

Parsnip says...

Sounds like it will end up being another crappy wetherspoons
Sounds like it will end up being another crappy wetherspoons Parsnip
  • Score: -2

6:23pm Fri 2 May 14

iknowbetter says...

Old peoples home could be an option. You heard it here first folks.!!!!
Old peoples home could be an option. You heard it here first folks.!!!! iknowbetter
  • Score: -1

8:36pm Sat 3 May 14

beaulocks says...

pembury53 wrote:
it was a pub you used, at your own risk.... non locals not welcome here
Dam, always parked there to nip in for me fags across the road when I had run out of me duty frees.

Shop will be shutting soon after this selfish decision to make a profit from the sale of this pub. What goes around comes around you selfish publicans.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: it was a pub you used, at your own risk.... non locals not welcome here[/p][/quote]Dam, always parked there to nip in for me fags across the road when I had run out of me duty frees. Shop will be shutting soon after this selfish decision to make a profit from the sale of this pub. What goes around comes around you selfish publicans. beaulocks
  • Score: 0

11:28am Mon 5 May 14

mikepaterson says...

Dingo wrote:
Dave Blackwell, Canvey Island Independent Party leader, said: “It’s a landmark. It is probably one of the oldest historic buildings we have on Canvey.

“Everyone in the town knows it and everyone who visits Canvey goes to it."

I've been to Canvey on numerous occasions. I've never been there.
Me too, must have been on Canvey a hundred times or more and never heard of it until now!
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: Dave Blackwell, Canvey Island Independent Party leader, said: “It’s a landmark. It is probably one of the oldest historic buildings we have on Canvey. “Everyone in the town knows it and everyone who visits Canvey goes to it." I've been to Canvey on numerous occasions. I've never been there.[/p][/quote]Me too, must have been on Canvey a hundred times or more and never heard of it until now! mikepaterson
  • Score: -1

11:31am Mon 5 May 14

mikepaterson says...

Parsnip wrote:
Sounds like it will end up being another crappy wetherspoons
Decent beer at decent prices, obviously not the sort of thing you would want then?
[quote][p][bold]Parsnip[/bold] wrote: Sounds like it will end up being another crappy wetherspoons[/p][/quote]Decent beer at decent prices, obviously not the sort of thing you would want then? mikepaterson
  • Score: -1

9:09pm Mon 5 May 14

CIP says...

went there 30 years ago, some moron tried to pick a fight for no reason never been back good riddance to bad rubbish
went there 30 years ago, some moron tried to pick a fight for no reason never been back good riddance to bad rubbish CIP
  • Score: 1

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