Concern as sun sets on 200-year-old Rising Sun pub in Billericay

For sale – the Rising Sun, at Sun Corner, Billericay, opened in 1810

For sale – the Rising Sun, at Sun Corner, Billericay, opened in 1810

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A LANDMARK pub is being sold, sparking fears it could be demolished and turned into flats.

The Rising Sun, at Sun Corner, Billericay, which opened in 1810, has been put on the market for £650,000.

An offer has been accepted by the owners, raising concerns it could have been snapped up by a housing developer.

When contacted by the Echo, commercial estate agent Alder Grimes Gooderham said it could not reveal who the buyer was as contracts had not yet been signed.

Meanwhile, trader Trevor Draper, who owns the Cook Shop in Billericay High Street, said businesses were struggling to survive in the town because of high rents and a lack of variety – and this latest sale was a worry.

He said: “The Rising Sun is up for sale for a reason, and that reason is the owners can’t afford to keep it open as it is.

“It’s a shame because it has been there for so long, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it sold to a developer for flats.

“There is a huge amount of change going on in the High Street area. There are a lot more eateries and drinking places, so there is a greater chance businesses will struggle to get enough footfall.”

He added: “The people of Billericay can’t complain about businesses closing if they won't use the facilities on offer.’’ The 14,000 sq ft pub, which has three floors, comes complete with outbuildings and venue space. It also has a 12 space car park and a beer garden.

Kevin Blake, deputy leader of Basildon Council and councillor for Burstead ward, said: “I’m sad to see the owners go. I have visited the pub on many occasions.

“I will be watching closely to see if a planning application comes in, but I think we should wait and see what happens.”

Mr Blake is trying to stay upbeat about the situation – and wouldn’t be keen on a housing development.

He said: “When one door closes another opens, and this could actually be for the better. A new owner could come forward and plough a lot of money into the business.

“I would be keen for it to stay as a pub, but it could end up becoming a restaurant. I certainly wouldn’t want hous there.’’ The Echo was unsuccessful in attempts to contact the pub owners.

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7:05am Fri 8 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Im tired of hearing the woes of the rent prices, being used as an excuse for the failings of local business's, competitive marketing, keener pricing would be the areas to be looked.
Im tired of hearing the woes of the rent prices, being used as an excuse for the failings of local business's, competitive marketing, keener pricing would be the areas to be looked. sesibollox
  • Score: -4

7:30am Fri 8 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Too many pubs now, shame as many years ago they all thrived, now people hav'nt got the money , cant drink and drive anymore!!! drink at home or go to family pubs. 3 pubs have closed down in my town . Times change people move on. I love the pub because of the social life ( nothing to do with the Ale) I still go three times a week and meet people I have known for years. I do not drink at night only early evening on my way home from work for a couple of hours . 2 pints of Abbot ale each and that is enough for myself and my husband but that is still expensive, for some people . Pubs still opening in my area but more the foodie pubs . Good luck to Wetherspoons who have got the right idea, no normal pub can compete with them too greedy. No rich landlords anymore . End of an era
Too many pubs now, shame as many years ago they all thrived, now people hav'nt got the money , cant drink and drive anymore!!! drink at home or go to family pubs. 3 pubs have closed down in my town . Times change people move on. I love the pub because of the social life ( nothing to do with the Ale) I still go three times a week and meet people I have known for years. I do not drink at night only early evening on my way home from work for a couple of hours . 2 pints of Abbot ale each and that is enough for myself and my husband but that is still expensive, for some people . Pubs still opening in my area but more the foodie pubs . Good luck to Wetherspoons who have got the right idea, no normal pub can compete with them too greedy. No rich landlords anymore . End of an era CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 10

8:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

Barry Bas says...

There is a house in Billericay they call the Rising Sun.

It just doesn't have the same ring to it as the original.
There is a house in Billericay they call the Rising Sun. It just doesn't have the same ring to it as the original. Barry Bas
  • Score: 4

9:00am Fri 8 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

Too many Towie type bars and restaurant pub type places. The traditional British pub is dying out through apathy and the fact that families and households are now robbed right left and centre by greedy energy companies who tout Warmist theories and associated green taxes as an excuse for fleecing people.

There simply isn't enough month left at the end of the money.

Also the smoking ban has contributed to the downfall of pubs. I am a non smoker and don't particularly like inhaling other people's smoke but most pubs were able to provide non smoking areas or rooms. It's all about common sense. Yet another disastrous Labour idea and another nail in the coffin of British culture which is what they set out to do from day one.

However the point was made above about people shouldn't moan if they don't use the facilities. Quite right.

There is far too much emphasis on so called "celeb" culture and therefore anything traditional gets left behind in the rush to keep up with the Joneses and be seen drinking in a trendy bar.

Also there is too much emphasis on wall to wall telly. I go out to socialise, chat, listen to some good music and have a laugh, not sit staring at yet another screen. If I wanted to watch football I'd stay at home with a crate of beer and like minded mates.

Pubs are for socialising, not glaring at folk because they just walked in front of the TV screen.

Give me a traditional British pub any day of the week: beermats on the tables, tankards hanging above the bar and a St George cross prominently displayed, a juke box with some decent rock and pop music on it, not the rammel that passes for music now, good British pub fayre and a choice of beers.
Too many Towie type bars and restaurant pub type places. The traditional British pub is dying out through apathy and the fact that families and households are now robbed right left and centre by greedy energy companies who tout Warmist theories and associated green taxes as an excuse for fleecing people. There simply isn't enough month left at the end of the money. Also the smoking ban has contributed to the downfall of pubs. I am a non smoker and don't particularly like inhaling other people's smoke but most pubs were able to provide non smoking areas or rooms. It's all about common sense. Yet another disastrous Labour idea and another nail in the coffin of British culture which is what they set out to do from day one. However the point was made above about people shouldn't moan if they don't use the facilities. Quite right. There is far too much emphasis on so called "celeb" culture and therefore anything traditional gets left behind in the rush to keep up with the Joneses and be seen drinking in a trendy bar. Also there is too much emphasis on wall to wall telly. I go out to socialise, chat, listen to some good music and have a laugh, not sit staring at yet another screen. If I wanted to watch football I'd stay at home with a crate of beer and like minded mates. Pubs are for socialising, not glaring at folk because they just walked in front of the TV screen. Give me a traditional British pub any day of the week: beermats on the tables, tankards hanging above the bar and a St George cross prominently displayed, a juke box with some decent rock and pop music on it, not the rammel that passes for music now, good British pub fayre and a choice of beers. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

3:38pm Fri 8 Aug 14

chrisgmorley says...

I live outside Stockport, near Manchester now, having grown up in Billericay. The neighbouring town to me is like a clone of it. There was a similarly old pub which had been closed for about 3 years and was grade two listed. The brewery involved has bought it, are going to fully refurb it and it will not serve food or accommodate children. They will show the football too and are marketing the years old pub as a 'proper pub'. A really refreshing change considering the current rise in 'gastro pubs' or indeed, flats. Hopefully someone may do the same with the Rising Sun...
I live outside Stockport, near Manchester now, having grown up in Billericay. The neighbouring town to me is like a clone of it. There was a similarly old pub which had been closed for about 3 years and was grade two listed. The brewery involved has bought it, are going to fully refurb it and it will not serve food or accommodate children. They will show the football too and are marketing the years old pub as a 'proper pub'. A really refreshing change considering the current rise in 'gastro pubs' or indeed, flats. Hopefully someone may do the same with the Rising Sun... chrisgmorley
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Another pub clising doen. Hardly big news is it?

Oh, hang on a minute though it's in Billericay and they're bricking it in case some greedy developer buys it up and builds flats there...


Basildon Council will never allow that...
Another pub clising doen. Hardly big news is it? Oh, hang on a minute though it's in Billericay and they're bricking it in case some greedy developer buys it up and builds flats there... Basildon Council will never allow that... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -3

5:39pm Fri 8 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

'The traditional British pub is dying out through apathy and the fact that families and households are now robbed right left and centre by greedy energy companies who tout Warmist theories and associated green taxes as an excuse for fleecing people'

Where does she get this rubbish? According to Gandy pubs are closing because of energy taxes.

No dear, pubs are closing cos of many things - cheaper beer at the supermarket, enforcement of drink driving laws, the smoking ban and many others but I have yet to hear anyone say that they cannot afford to go out to the pub cos the green tax on their electricity bill.

And how do you square Labours idea to close down pubs ( another nail in the coffin for British culture) with the Labour idea of 24 hour pub opening? One sort of defeats the other doesn't it.

You make yourself look totally silly at every posting.
'The traditional British pub is dying out through apathy and the fact that families and households are now robbed right left and centre by greedy energy companies who tout Warmist theories and associated green taxes as an excuse for fleecing people' Where does she get this rubbish? According to Gandy pubs are closing because of energy taxes. No dear, pubs are closing cos of many things - cheaper beer at the supermarket, enforcement of drink driving laws, the smoking ban and many others but I have yet to hear anyone say that they cannot afford to go out to the pub cos the green tax on their electricity bill. And how do you square Labours idea to close down pubs ( another nail in the coffin for British culture) with the Labour idea of 24 hour pub opening? One sort of defeats the other doesn't it. You make yourself look totally silly at every posting. cropped hero
  • Score: 2

9:50am Sat 9 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

chrisgmorley wrote:
I live outside Stockport, near Manchester now, having grown up in Billericay. The neighbouring town to me is like a clone of it. There was a similarly old pub which had been closed for about 3 years and was grade two listed. The brewery involved has bought it, are going to fully refurb it and it will not serve food or accommodate children. They will show the football too and are marketing the years old pub as a 'proper pub'. A really refreshing change considering the current rise in 'gastro pubs' or indeed, flats. Hopefully someone may do the same with the Rising Sun...
dont want to drink in sports bars
[quote][p][bold]chrisgmorley[/bold] wrote: I live outside Stockport, near Manchester now, having grown up in Billericay. The neighbouring town to me is like a clone of it. There was a similarly old pub which had been closed for about 3 years and was grade two listed. The brewery involved has bought it, are going to fully refurb it and it will not serve food or accommodate children. They will show the football too and are marketing the years old pub as a 'proper pub'. A really refreshing change considering the current rise in 'gastro pubs' or indeed, flats. Hopefully someone may do the same with the Rising Sun...[/p][/quote]dont want to drink in sports bars CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 4

9:38pm Sat 9 Aug 14

TheWizzard says...

Truth is, there are too many pubs in billericay.be interesting to see if any others follow this one
Truth is, there are too many pubs in billericay.be interesting to see if any others follow this one TheWizzard
  • Score: 1

7:50am Sun 10 Aug 14

Gay Ray says...

It has never been the same since Elsie and Tom left. Elsie was a proper landlady. She used to check with me if the youngsters frequenting the public bar were over 18. I was 15 at the time ;-))
It has never been the same since Elsie and Tom left. Elsie was a proper landlady. She used to check with me if the youngsters frequenting the public bar were over 18. I was 15 at the time ;-)) Gay Ray
  • Score: 2

10:54am Sun 10 Aug 14

Gay Ray says...

Actually I think it was Lillian and Tom ( Mollineaux) but I'm sure those who remember them will forgive my ageing sense of recall.
Actually I think it was Lillian and Tom ( Mollineaux) but I'm sure those who remember them will forgive my ageing sense of recall. Gay Ray
  • Score: 0

12:02pm Sun 10 Aug 14

John Right says...

Gay Ray wrote:
Actually I think it was Lillian and Tom ( Mollineaux) but I'm sure those who remember them will forgive my ageing sense of recall.
Go on titter if you wanna remember the past
[quote][p][bold]Gay Ray[/bold] wrote: Actually I think it was Lillian and Tom ( Mollineaux) but I'm sure those who remember them will forgive my ageing sense of recall.[/p][/quote]Go on titter if you wanna remember the past John Right
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Mon 18 Aug 14

SSRoscoe says...

The sun was the last true old school English boozer in Billericay end of an era sad loss to the town.
The sun was the last true old school English boozer in Billericay end of an era sad loss to the town. SSRoscoe
  • Score: 0

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