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No Cock, But Maybe a Lot of Bull

The Carlton Tavern in Paddington, in the City of Westminster, London, England, was built in the 1920s. It was bought by an Israeli property developer who wanted to tear it down and build apartments, but the city said no — the pub has historical significance, with Historic England declaring it “remarkably well-preserved externally and internally.” The owners told staff to stay home because they wanted to inventory the contents, but instead brought in bulldozers to tear it down. Too bad, it’s gone? No way: the Westminster council is ordering CLTX Ltd to “recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition,” rebuilding it “brick by brick.” (RC/London Evening Standard) ...Right down to the “For a good time call” graffiti in the loos.
Original Publication Date: 24 May 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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