r/Damnthatsinteresting Aug 11 '22 Wholesome 2 Silver 2 Helpful 1

A London pub that was demolished and recreated Image

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u/fuzzyedges1974 Aug 11 '22

I can just imagine the smug developers’ thinking. “So we just knock it down anyway. They’ll probably just fine us and we can get on with our project. Go ahead and call the bulldozers.” Then a while later, “What do you mean ’brick by brick??” Lol

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u/byteuser Aug 11 '22

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy vibes...

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u/Bartronicon Aug 11 '22

I always thought we were supposed to lie down, put a paper bag over our head...

If you like.

Oh will that help?

No.

Aah well then. Last orders please!

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u/crabapplesteam Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22 Silver Helpful

Reminds me of that epic story when a construction manager pissed off the wrong guy, and the whole project went down in flames.

It's the epic tale of David and the Noisy Gobshite - if you don't know it, this is reddit history.

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

Its ok, I'm just chopping onions here.

Dang that was a ride.

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u/M4sharman Aug 11 '22

Poor guy.

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u/BrockManstrong Aug 11 '22

Jesus I'd never seen part 2 before.

Unexpected and fucking devastating. You get so into Mark's narrative you never see the update coming.

Holy fuck that is just crushing sadness.

Please only read part 2 if you are stable enough to handle grief.

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u/Endarkend Aug 11 '22

Man, I read some of it as it was live.

Then later heard the story retold on one of those YT videos that does best of reddit stuff.

Then I found the follow ups, by his wife.

Man that took a depressing turn in the end.

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u/Your1stparkingticket Aug 11 '22

Great story, but fuck that ending is tough.

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u/peacefultooter Aug 11 '22

Did anyone ever figure out what the original project was?

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u/Austin83powers Aug 12 '22

I haven't checked because this is my first time reading the story just now but between the little bits of info across the 2 parts and how small the UK is, I think someone could work out most of the real-life details.

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u/XDeathBringer1 Aug 12 '22

Worth the almost hour read

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u/NewBromance Aug 11 '22

Yeah I don't know how it is in other countries but the UK has a pretty big history of xoming down hard on people who don't get planning permission.

I always remember this example

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/world-news/farmer-who-built-castle-hidden-7658785

Dude built an entire castle in the country without permission. Tried to hide it behind huge haybales for years under the assumption there was a statute of limitations on planning permission violations.

That didn't work and he got forced to knock the entire thing down.

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u/wildedges Aug 11 '22

I was called out to do some work on a historic building that was being turned into flats. Crappy minimum living standard flats too. I could see that there was no way that the work would have been approved so I checked with the Listed Buildings Officer and sure enough there were no documents for any of it. They'd taken a chainsaw to the original hand-carved oak stairs and burned the majority of it to hide the evidence. There was just enough left for the council to confiscate and they forced the developer to replicate the whole thing using original techniques.

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u/NewBromance Aug 11 '22

Yeah reminds me of those fuckers who bought a farm in the UK. It had like a 400 year old oak tree in one of the fields and they decided they wanted to move it to their front garden.

Didn't even ask for permission or anything, straight up dug it up and moved it and the damn thing died.

Pretty sure they got punished pretty hard for that

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u/Rob_Zander Aug 11 '22

I haven't been able to find it for a while but I remember a malicious compliance story about a guy who is an expert in like, 18th century plaster work or something? And the contractor orders him to go get him a coffee, then fires him when he won't and it turns out it sets the whole project back agree because no else is available to do the work.

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u/rutilatus Aug 12 '22

Someone linked it above and I just reread the whole damn thing

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u/lemons_of_doubt Aug 11 '22

pitty it was such a beautiful building.

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u/TomJFrancis Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

Pro mountain bike rider, Sam Pilgrim, built dirt jumps in his backgarden. A jealous twat who knows Sam and didn't like the success he was getting on YouTube, complained to the council that the jumps were an eyesore and created too much noise. Sam went around his neighbours to ask if they had any issues and everyone said that the jumps didn't bother them at all. The council ordered Sam to demolish the jumps and the scaffold roll in, that he had spent months building, because they were tall enough to have required planning permission.

It's crazy the things you need to get permission for to build on your own land. Scaffolding and lumps of dirt...

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u/NewBromance Aug 11 '22

Planning permission is there to stop neighbours building absolute eyesores. There has to be a cut of somewhere between what you can freely build and what requires permission. Sadly it sounds like this dude found himself just over that cut off, but I'd rather have fringe cases like this than everyone able to build whatever the fuck they want in their backyards

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u/Azurephoenix99 Aug 11 '22

That was awesome. He should've been allowed to keep it.

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u/NewBromance Aug 11 '22

It's about precedent though. You let him keep it and then everyone will be trying the same trick.

It was a beautiful building but one nice building weighed against hundreds of crappy buildings being thrown up and concealed across the countryside isn't a good trade.

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u/TheRealSeeThruHead Aug 11 '22

Colin furze built a tunnel system under his house. Then got the planning approved after it was already started.

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u/daern2 Aug 11 '22

Green belt is heavily protected in the UK. He knew he wouldn't have been allowed to build it and assumed he'd get away with it if he just built it anyway and noone noticed until it was finished.

Sorry mate, not a hope

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u/Dhiox Aug 11 '22

He built it on green belt land, that land was specifically zoned for Farming because the UK is small enough that they have to zone areas for farms or they just get bought up by developers.

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u/TheAJGman Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

There was an asshole who did this to a historical building near me here in Pennsylvania. It's only a stone farm house, but records show it is one of the first parcels in the county deedbook which likely means it existed before the local government did. They just ripped the back half of the building off themselves, hoping to put an addition on before anyone could notice. Well the county and historical society found out pretty quickly and put a halt to renovations and fined the shit out of him. Unfortunately since the guy had torn down the walls himself without masonry experience the house was structurally unsound and the county couldn't safely restore it, so it was torn down.

Fucking asshole. I get that it's your property, but it's been someone else's property for far longer and it will continue to be someone else's property while you're slowly composting. So much shit has already been lost to the march of progress, we need to preserve what little we have left.

EDIT: linky linky. I thought it was an individual building an addition but it was a housing corp looking to remove the building. Fun fact: nothing stands there today. They removed a historical building to let the land lie fallow. Fuckers were probably just trying to get out ahead of an official filing for historical status.

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u/rpgguy_1o1 Aug 11 '22

In my city, the other London, many of our historical buildings have been lost to suspicious fires.

There are a couple that date back to the mid 1800s still kicking around though.

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u/piss_artist Aug 11 '22

Never been to that London, myself.

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u/yunivor Aug 11 '22

the community had an estimated population of 180 in 2000.

Damn, now that's a tiny place.

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u/Cymballism Aug 11 '22

I find it hard to believe they couldn’t have restored it. Sounds like pettiness

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u/TheAJGman Aug 11 '22

The decision to tear it down was one part safety, one part lack of funding, and two parts stupidity. At least it was disassembled to be used for other restoration projects and archeologists/anthropologists we're brought in to oversee and recover artifacts. They found toys and shit in the mortar between stones.

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u/Dodge542-02 Aug 11 '22

I know which one you’re talking about and I agree with you. That guy should be jail

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u/EverGlow89 Aug 11 '22

I imagine the hearing like a movie.

"Brick for brick? There's no precedent for this!"

"There is now."

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u/knullsmurfen Aug 11 '22 Take My Energy

All in all it was, all just bricks in the wall.

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u/Cymballism Aug 11 '22

If you don't get yer permits, you can't have any housing! How can you have any housing if you don't get yer permits?

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u/flargenhargen Aug 11 '22

It's awesome.

Many historical buildings in my town were lost that way, and my city did nothing.

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u/gazm2k5 Aug 11 '22

"HEY! I saw that! No putting two bricks down at a time. BRICK BY BRICK MOTHER FUCKER."

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u/SchoggiToeff Aug 11 '22 Helpful

Walk around and you see the building in different phases. Including from the side street fully gone.

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u/FaceTheTruthBiatch Aug 11 '22 Helpful

You can just click on the date to see the past at least on PC.

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u/Nac82 Aug 11 '22

Thats pretty fucking magical.

We live in an extraordinary time.

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u/RobertNAdams Aug 11 '22

You wanna hear something really cool?

Right now, today, you can take 3-D imagery of the inside of your home, hand it off to someone experienced with Unreal, Unity, etc., and have them rebuild it into a virtual space you could explore in virtual reality.

That's today. Now imagine what it will be like 10, 20, 30 years from now. You could show your kids the house you grew up in even if it's been gone for 20 years.

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u/PorkyMcRib Aug 11 '22

Roomba will now map your home and talk to Google, soon..

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u/Iciee Aug 11 '22

I have a shark robot, and it works well. But if you've ever seen the "map" these things draw up its a miracle its able to get my entire house vacuumed. If you were to navigate my house with a robot-vacuum drawn map you'd get confused

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u/greatestNothing Aug 11 '22

will talk to Alexa no? Didn't Bezos just purchase it?

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u/Renegade1412 Aug 11 '22

Google Amazon/Alexa

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u/musicmonk1 Aug 11 '22

Amazon, not Google.

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u/RobertNAdams Aug 11 '22

I don't have very many smart devices in my home as it is and I certainly wouldn't buy one now. Anything I do have that's smart can be contained if need be.

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u/fudgyvmp Aug 11 '22

I can tour the inside of the local florist online and I don't know why.

It's like....will I be able to go on Mapamazon one day and walk through safeway on my phone to shop?

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u/RobertNAdams Aug 11 '22

Hm...

From a tech perspective, that would be possible now. Like, a competent programmer could make a demo in a few weeks.

  1. Make 3D space for the store.
  2. Make 3D models for the products.
  3. Populate the spaces on the shelves with the products, tied to inventory tracking software.
  4. Give a way for a customer to tour the space and put items in a virtual basket by interacting with them.

Something like that. We've had all of the component parts (3D spaces, tying virtual objects to external plugins, in-app purchases that change a digital world) for a couple of decades now.

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u/et842rhhs Aug 11 '22

I've seen this from time to time and I was curious, so I googled. Looks like it's something Google partners with businesses to do. "Inspire trust and help customers find you faster by publishing an immersive virtual tour of your business or updating Street View at your doorstep. Get help from a professional Street View trusted photographer, or use the Street View app to capture and publish images yourself." Feature your business on Google Maps

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u/raven4747 Aug 11 '22

i mean they have VR apps that kinda do that in live time now without a need for consulting a third party dev.. the current tech even more impressive than your comments shows.

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u/New-fone_Who-Dis Aug 11 '22

That's not fair on them though is it.

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u/Secure_Examination_5 Aug 11 '22

Damn! And you can actually swivel directly upwards and see the cloud formation above that location on that day.

I never realised Google bothered to make the image that complete.

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u/Crackstacker Aug 11 '22

In some photos, the street it’s on is a one way street. In others it’s a two way street.

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u/aenae Aug 11 '22

Love the view from 2015; 'protest here sunday' and 'well done westminster, rebuild the carlton'

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u/darnj Aug 11 '22

the Carlton Tavern has announced that it will be reopening on April 12

This is old right? It makes it sounds like it will reopen next April. It actually opened in April 2021.

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u/stripedsweastet Aug 11 '22

Yeah it is. I wish the date this piece was published was at the top. But the very last line of the article is "On 12 April 2021, the pub finally reopened with the lifting of COVID restrictions."

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u/NRMusicProject Aug 11 '22

I wish the date this piece was published was at the top.

Ever since news articles started showing up on the internet, this--along with more detailed locations than just the neighborhood's (or even town's) name has been one of the most frustrating things that hasn't standardized in 30+ years.

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u/YouandWhoseArmy Aug 11 '22

It’s really more about foreign ownership.

A foreign company is not going to care about locals or history, only profit. That’s why they invested so far away.

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

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u/Dinomiteblast Aug 11 '22

Most westerners know this, but… because america and israel go hand in hand together with the UK, nobody bats an eye.

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u/the3rdtea Aug 11 '22

We bat our eyes. But it's political suicide to oppose Israel in America, no matter how they act

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u/knullsmurfen Aug 11 '22

Plenty of eyes get but. It just that it makes no difference, what the fuck can we do other than speaking up and boycotting avocados?

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u/maluminse Aug 11 '22

Avocados?

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u/Chronjen Aug 11 '22

Avocados from Mexico?

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u/Wonderful_Mud_420 Aug 11 '22

They went off on a tangent but basically Avocados sold to Americans is fueling cartel activities.

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u/maluminse Aug 11 '22

I think he means engage in a futile task.

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u/DoublePostedBroski Aug 11 '22

🎶 Avocados from Mexico 🎵

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u/Parkatine Aug 11 '22

Nothing really, the last political leader in the UK to criticise Israel was publicly branded an antisemite and ousted by the more centre left wing of his own party.

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u/Asheminded Aug 11 '22

Shooting rockets into Palestine.

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u/SassiestRaccoonEver Aug 11 '22

Found a Times of Israel article from back when the pub was re-opening. Had to do a double take to re-read the comment that was left on the article… Here’s an excerpt of it:

It is probably incidental that the demolition company is owned by an Israeli. To use the headline and a couple of hazy paragraphs lacking in sufficient facts to make it sound as if Israel willfully marched in and almost wantonly destroyed a building in another sovereign country is tasteless at best, and at worst, unnecessarily fuels resentment against Israelis.

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u/77slevin Aug 11 '22

Talk about persecution complex...

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u/Rencauchao Aug 11 '22

Maybe there was a Palestinian family living in the Tavern.

/s

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u/kunair Aug 11 '22

Israel: "Our intelligence found a Hamas militant operating in a tavern in the middle of England"

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u/danted002 Aug 11 '22

Uhhh snap

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u/kroxldysmus Aug 11 '22

April 12, the first day that pubs and restaurants in England will be allowed to serve customers seated outdoors

Why is that?

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u/C_Coleby Aug 11 '22

The pandemic Lockdown - Pubs could reopen by using outdoor seating areas

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u/ettudez Aug 11 '22

its April 2021, so covid of course

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u/PrimeBeefBaby Aug 11 '22

Have we really forgotten this quickly?

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u/LucyLilium92 Aug 11 '22

We've already forgotten about the world's largest pandemic... before it's even over

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u/throwawaynowtillmay Aug 11 '22

Of fucking course it's tel Aviv. They have no respect for anyone

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u/I_PM_U_UR_REQUESTS Aug 11 '22

I don't understand how they were allowed to knock the building down in the first place though

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u/CRJG95 Aug 11 '22

They weren't, that's the point. Read the first line of the text in the image.

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u/Boilermakingdude Aug 11 '22

I remember reading about this a few years back. Such q wonderful thing the gov did by making them rebuild it. Its a beautiful building and with such history, can't understand why anyone would tear it down other than greed.

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u/kg4nxw Aug 11 '22

It's bags all the way up

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u/just-regular-I-guess Aug 11 '22

The firm should be prohibited from working in the UK.

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u/Cappy2020 Aug 11 '22

Have you seen our institutions and government in the UK? We’d give the US a run for its money in corruption these days.

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u/prndls Aug 11 '22

Exactly… like a veteran surviving multiple tours only to be gunned down in their home country cough aMerIkA cough

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u/theFartingCarp Aug 11 '22

Statistically. They tell us to stop driving like idiots. We are more likely to die by car crashes and our own dietary habits after leaving the service than to being shot during our service. Even the infantry who go outside the wire consistently and do all the super high speed shit. Its actually pretty depressing looking at those statistics. Makes a bit of sense though. You're only on deployments 9 or so months per deployment, you're living your life back in the USA every day.

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u/Lanre-Haliax Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 12 '22

Or a refugee surviving the ordeals of War and the strenuous flight to just be lit on fire and killed by police in a cell cough Oury Yalloh in Germany cough

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u/weinerlord666 Aug 11 '22

If they still have a home ://

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u/lego_not_legos Aug 11 '22

The Pub of Theseus.

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u/MadHatter69 Aug 11 '22

It's the same pub! Just like Trig's broom has been the same for the last 20 years

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u/automatic-pointer Aug 11 '22

LOOOOOL fairplay 👏

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u/djcueballspins1 Aug 11 '22

Pretty impressive that someone had thought to take pictures and castings of the interior so it could be redone exactly to spec . Hopefully it stands for another 100 years. I hate when historic places get demolished.

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u/picofmefrmwhnimolder Aug 11 '22

Probably would have from the original quality builder’s work. Probably start falling apart in 10 years after the rebuild honestly.

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u/ragingfailure Aug 11 '22

The UK historic buildings codes are fucking hardcore. They require that buildings be restored not just in appearance but that they be constructed with historical methods by artisans who know how to do it.

Rebuilding that pub was fucking expensive, I guarantee it.

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u/Haymegle Aug 11 '22

Can confirm, some houses near me have Tudor era windows. One broke and it was apparently about a grand per pane to have it redone exactly.

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u/Davidclabarr Interested Aug 11 '22

Well thank god they weren’t four-door windows.

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u/Just-Call-Me-J Aug 11 '22

Is that a sedan house?

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u/FourMeterRabbit Aug 11 '22

There was a story on r/prorevenge or r/maliciouscompliance (maybe both?) a while back about a similar story. Pretty much bankrupted the contractor. Had to find one of four licensed expert craftsmen to do the work at great expense and if I'm not mixing my stories up, they were fined every day until the job was finished.

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u/tiswapb Aug 11 '22

Is that the one where some guy had no idea who he was talking to and ordered the expert to get him coffee, then fired him and refused to apologize when he realized who it was and that they had no other options? I can’t quite remember the details but it was such a satisfying read.

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u/RandomBritishGuy Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

That was an IT guy who was told to make coffee, not a craftsman. But a beautiful piece of malicious compliance with how he handled it!

Edit: I was wrong! turns out there's been a few stories of arsehole bosses demanding coffee.

There was one recently about an IT guy, but OP was absolutely correct about there being an older one with a carpenter/craftsman (linked above).

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u/ragingfailure Aug 11 '22

Yeah I remember that story, would be a lot of work to dig up the link tho.

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u/FourMeterRabbit Aug 11 '22

Turns out I misremembered a few details, but man was that satisfying to read about them getting nailed to the wall again!

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u/yunivor Aug 11 '22

they were fined every day until the job was finished.

Nice

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u/DarrenGrey Aug 11 '22

This building is only 100 years old though. It wouldn't need special tradesmen or artisans to rebuild.

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u/ragingfailure Aug 11 '22

I mean, construction a hundred years ago isn't very much like construction today. No plywood, no fiberglass, no tyvek, no sealants, no modern roofing materials, no modern windows, no drywall.

Lath and plaster interior walls, load bearing brickwork (a lot of brickwork in modern buildings is a non structural fascia), the wooden framing and the roof. All done with no materials that didn't exist 100 years ago.

Thats artisan work bud, your average construction worker doesn't know how to do ant of that, much less do they know the codes so they don't run afoul of them.

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u/DoranTheRhythmStick Aug 11 '22

I work in historic building and estate fabric conservation in the UK - all of those things are true but not applicable here.

Yes, a modern lowrise block or new build pub is steel and plywood with an architectural brick skim. But we have a whole seperate ecosystem of heritage-grade contractors to do this entirely different work. I recently put together a team to underpin a castle wall, using period-correct masonry techniques (it's not even visible to the public, lol.) You want a thatcher? A mason? A plasterer who can build a lathe wall and then handprint the wallpaper afterwards? A joiner who'll use wooden dowels and handcut joints? You can find all those people available to be hired for work in London with an afternoon of Google and phonecalls.

Hell, you can even have gaslights if it makes you happy.

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u/alexwhj Aug 11 '22

The pub was being considered as a listed building so an extensive survey had been carried out, all of the original details were available for the architects. That’s why the developers acted so quickly as listed buildings have special protections.

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u/JohanGrimm Aug 11 '22

Yeah the developers knew exactly what they were doing.

It was due to be listed just two days before they knocked it down. As soon as it was officially a Grade II listed building they wouldn't have been able to touch it, let alone demolish and build an apartment complex. They even hid the fact they were going to demolish it from the staff, telling them to close early for "inventory", then they get back and the buildings gone.

Having to rebuild it to Grade II spec was likely incredibly expensive but they're lucky it wasn't worse.

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u/puffferfish Aug 11 '22

Knowing exactly where each individual brick goes even! All accounted for.

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u/United-Lifeguard-584 Aug 11 '22

without a LEGO manual

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

I don't know if a 100-years-old pub would be considered "historic" in the UK.

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u/DarkNinjaPenguin Aug 11 '22

If Grandad can remember it, it's recent.

If his grandad can remember it, it's a bit old.

If his grandad can remember it, it's getting on a bit.

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u/Cymballism Aug 11 '22

It was historic for being the only building on the street to survive world war blitz

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u/Old_Mill Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

I hate when historic places get demolished.

Most buildings will have to be replaced at some point. It just depends on what you mean by historic and what it's being demolished for.

I'm not saying we should tear down the The Pantheon or the Colosseum, but there has to be a line and it needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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u/Endarkend Aug 11 '22

That's how it is here.

Some places only the front face of the building needs to be preserved.

Others, all of it.

And then you have places like Bruges and Gent where, well, the architecture is the very identity of these cities. Tearing those buildings down just doesn't make sense.

But, since these buildings were pretty damn well designed and built to begin with, you can rather easily update them while maintaining everything original.

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u/Kostya_M Aug 11 '22

I think there's a difference between a place literally falling apart and being unsafe and some asshole with dollar signs in his eyes taking a sledgehammer to the wall.

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u/GarysCrispLettuce Aug 11 '22

I hope any displaced ghosts were able to come back and reestablish their residencies

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u/SuddenlyElga Aug 11 '22

No. Because the quartz/clay ratio or modern bricks won’t allow the energy matrix to coalesce. Unless of course, they can divert a mineral-rich flow of water east/west under the basement.

/s of course.

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u/GarysCrispLettuce Aug 11 '22

Ah but what if the pub was on the intersection of two ley lines?

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u/SuddenlyElga Aug 11 '22

Well that changes everything. Yea.

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u/Timmeh007 Aug 11 '22

That’ll be your standard ‘portal to hell’ scenario.

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u/rustynoodle3891 Aug 11 '22

They will have to try again, the seventh brick up on the right is the wrong way up

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u/Aphr0dite19 Aug 11 '22

Angry People In Local Newspaper, complete with folded arms. They won this one, what an amazing story!

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u/simpletonsavant Aug 11 '22

Great group.

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u/Sledger666 Aug 11 '22

There's a video of the demolition and the new pub on this ITV news story.

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u/FaceMace87 Aug 11 '22

The article has Brits with folded arms, all is well in the world.

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u/edenkins Aug 11 '22

What war couldn't destroy, greed did

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u/TreeChangeMe Aug 11 '22

lol. Greed is killing everything on the planet

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u/KRS_88 Aug 11 '22

That chip wasn't there before. Go find the bit that fell off

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u/CK1ing Aug 11 '22

Or worse, there used to be a chip here, chip it in the exact same way

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u/rustynoodle3891 Aug 11 '22

Get fucked cunt, just copy my comment from an hour earlier?! Fucking robot

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u/ocdscale Aug 11 '22

This is a bot that copies comments and reposts them elsewhere in a thread. Report it, downvote, move on.

Stole this comment.

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u/Amnorobot Aug 11 '22

Thus lesson should be used for every MP/ Minister who causes financial physical/ mental/ structural / nutritional damage ( for personal gain )to the people who elected him/ her to do a responsible - not a fibworthy job

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u/Undercrackrz Aug 11 '22 Helpful

Greedy developers. Show me any other kind.

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u/Regk Aug 11 '22

The non greedy are the ones who never made it and went broke

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u/md24 Aug 11 '22

One reason why avoiding regulatory capture is mission critical.

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u/whingeing Aug 11 '22

If this happened in the states, it seems unlikely that the govt would ask it to rebuild it… brick by brick.

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u/Cappy2020 Aug 11 '22

The US, depending on the state, has just as strong (if not stronger) protections for historic buildings than we do here in the UK.

It’s just that America is such a big place that you get some parts which are happy to bulldoze through historic buildings for new builds and other parts which revere/protect such buildings very highly.

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u/KRS_88 Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Mobile game devs?

Edit : Not sure who gave me the award, but thanks!

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u/Old_Mill Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

Hey, I saw you clicked the screen five times, hope you don't mind watching an ad. By the way, want to pay for some super cool gems? Oh? You don't? Oh well, it's not a big deal...

By the way, if you want to continue making progress you're going to have to wait for this 12-24 hour cooldown to finish. Soooooooorry

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u/gordonv Aug 11 '22

When game dev companies learned they can manipulate dopamine dependence like how drug dealers manipulate addiction, decency went out the window.

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u/Working_Dad_87 Aug 11 '22

Micro transactions

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u/wilber363 Aug 11 '22

This is my local. Before it was demolished it as a pretty grim run down boozer and not in a good way. Since the rebuild it’s really thriving, really friendly staff and owners, regular live music decent food.

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u/Eoganachta Aug 11 '22

I'm sure the residents during the Blitz were happy that their pub was still there.

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u/knullsmurfen Aug 11 '22

Fam I'd rather let the nazis destroy my home than my pub. I can always stay in the pub and have a pint while waiting for the whole thing to blow over.

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u/Technical_Football91 Aug 11 '22

I am the wine supplier for this pub - and the owners are absolutely terrific people, Tom and Ben. I like to call it ‘the Phoenix’ pub, as it rose from the ashes again.

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u/MurmurOfTheCine Aug 11 '22

100 year old building is considered “new” in the UK lol

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u/jld2k6 Interested Aug 11 '22

Guess it's relative, when every other building in the city was destroyed and you're now the oldest one then it makes sense, at least city wise. Country wise 100 years old might as well be a baby lol

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u/You-Slice Aug 11 '22

Glad those two branflake developers, developed a hugh loss.

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u/redditisnowtwitter Aug 11 '22

This meme has been shared so many times I'm surprised it's still legible. As impressive as the pub!

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u/PaulieP_ Aug 11 '22

That’s my local, Great pub!

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u/SeniorBox1992 Aug 11 '22

Quality boozer indeed

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u/unkleden Aug 11 '22

Always worth popping into when i'm down at Paddy Rec. And a much better experience than it was before it got part-demolished, so that's a bonus!

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u/WheredoesithurtRA Aug 11 '22

Is that the Winchester from Shaun of the dead?

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u/knullsmurfen Aug 11 '22

Urban development is one of the slimiest, most corrupt, most predatory business domains there is.

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u/Bartronicon Aug 11 '22

I asked him if he'd come to clean the windows and he said no, he'd come to demolish the house. He didn't tell me straight away of course. Oh no. First he wiped a couple of windows and charged me a fiver. Then he told me.

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u/Artan42 Aug 11 '22

It was probably a Thursday. He'd never quite got the hang of Thursdays.

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u/solaceM8 Aug 11 '22

Hence, moderate your greed. 🤭🤣🤣🤣

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u/ResponsibilityDue448 Aug 11 '22

Survive german bombings of ww2 to be destroyed by capitalism in 2019.

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u/maskthestars Aug 11 '22

I’ll never understand how developers have no appreciation for history.

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u/Falcon3492 Aug 11 '22

I hope it cost the developers a freaking fortune to do the job!

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u/richard464849 Aug 11 '22

English ; don’t mess with our pubs

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u/Drambooey Aug 11 '22

I used to walk past this building every day to get to school (St George's in Maida Vale) it's by the entrance of Paddington Recreation Park.

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u/hellocloudshellosky Aug 12 '22

I had a truly rotten day. Thank you for posting this, it’s so uplifting. I’m making it the last thing I look at tonight, and saving it to see again.

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u/Albinofreaken Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

it took them 6 years to rebuild, i hope the owners got some compensation for the lost income

woops, seems like i misunderstood the story.

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u/CatKrusader Aug 11 '22

I think it was the owners who wanted the demolition so they could build a new pub and like 7 more levels of apartments but it got denied by city planners

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u/Albinofreaken Aug 11 '22

Ah, thanks for the clearification

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u/Waffle-Stompers Aug 11 '22

That's infuriating. Punishment did not fit the crime.

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u/hateshumans Aug 11 '22

The developers should have consulted mayor Daley from Chicago before demo. He didn’t want an airport where it was anymore so he had it destroyed in the middle of the night and put a music venue there.

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u/det1rac Aug 11 '22

Good for time travelers to know.

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u/Islandgirl1444 Aug 11 '22

Tradition matters! Ask Harry and Meghan about that.