|The Old Camp House at Camp Hill|
|A thriving Camp PH|
The pub's beginning began a few hundred yards along the road in now-demolished premises in what had been ambiguously called, until 1914, the Old Camp (Beer) House – was it the Camp, the beer or the House which was old? When McMullen's purchased it from Adey & White (who had acquired it from Thomas Kinder and who knows who before that) the building was in a decrepit state. It was purchased by McMullen's specifically to have a license in place with which it could serve the new and growing Camp district.
|Demolition begins. COURTESY VIC FOSTER|
However, the heyday came and went, and in recent years trade has limped along. Given the distance to other pubs good organisation might have re-invigorated good atmosphere once more and re-grow a quality business. Surely that would have been worth saving a fine building for. A local group, though, did not stand a chance through the Community Asset route; there was just no time.
The machinery is on site, floorboards have been removed, presumably for onward sale, and gradually evidence for a century-old local pub will disappear. It will, of course, require much more striking (of hammers and machines) than we did at other camps, but eventually there will be nothing left, nothing to remind us of its presence.
Arriving in its place will be a three-storey mass containing two dozen flats. Should we be concerned? About the loss of a quality building, yes. Would it have been suitable for conversion? Possibly. About the loss of a location for people to meet? Most definitely. But there is a record of photos and of memories, so that is something. Time moves on and we have to accept people need homes. Perhaps, the new development will have a name which reflects its past in this place. In such a transition period the site will deserve that at least. Any ideas to offer the development company?
|What is coming? Will there be a name?|