by Ruth, Marlene, and Steve on 31 March, 2017
Sutton Council’s Housing, Economy and Business Committee agreed on 21 March to grant the Prince Regent ‘locally listed’ status.
The report considered by Committee noted that the property was originally a row of late 18th or 19th Century cottages. They were of a vernacular design with horizontal timber cladding and sash windows. In the early 20th Century, the property became a pub and shopfronts were added to the front elevation. In the 1930s a two-storey rear extension was added. In the 1980s, there was a fire at the pub, which may have resulted in the recovering of the cottage roofs and alterations to the chimney stacks. The interior is unrecognisable from its time as cottages.
The building represents a local style of building and is the sole building around Sutton Green dating from the time when Sutton Green was the centre of Sutton and before the centre “migrated” up the hill with the draw of the railways. The pub was a nationally Listed building until the autumn of 2016, when Historic England decided to de-list the property. However, Historic England also commented that “the building clearly has local interest as one of the few remaining historic buildings that reflect the history and development of Sutton and its local vernacular style.”
Historic England advises that “creating a local heritage list is a way for local communities to identify and celebrate historic buildings”. Sutton has held a local list of notable buildings for a number of years and, currently, it comprises 90 different buildings and structures.4 Comments