Boutique Hotel Proposal for Spread Eagle

Young's plan significant makeover for Wandsworth High Street pub

Boutique Hotel Proposal for Spread Eagle

Youngs Brewery have submitted a planning application for a scheme to convert part of the Spread Eagle Public House on Wandsworth High Street into a boutique hotel.

In addition it is proposed to build an extension to 5 Garratt Lane and the rear of 65-67 Wandsworth High Street to provide a new headquarters for the brewery.

These buildings are all located within the Wandsworth Town Conservation Area and within the setting of The Old Court House and have a grade 2 listing.

The Spread Eagle will continue to operate as a pub although the kitchen will be moved from the first floor to the ground floor requiring some internal alterations. The proposed works to the Spread Eagle predominantly involve changes to plan form and the provision of an opening to allow access between the existing public house and 65-67 High Street to allow the function of a hotel at first floor level.

Youngs say that the impact on the architectural interest of the pub of the plan will be limited.

The Spread Eagle Public House dates to c.1898 and there are records which show there was a coaching inn at the site in the 18th century.

65-67 Wandsworth High Street

5 Garratt Lane was built in 1890 as the Assembly Room to the Spread Eagle Public House. In 1900 it was renamed Wandsworth Palace of Varieties and showed animated pictures. It was taken over in 1908 and operated under the name Biograph Cinema.

At this time a projection box was installed and other alterations were undertaken by William Hancock. It was taken over again in 1911 and renamed the Picture Palace. In 1916 it was referred to as Court Cinema. It operated under this name until its closure in the 1920s when the building was mainly used for storage.

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September 2, 2020