History society moves to protect George Orwell pub The Compton Arms
10 November, 2017 — By Emily Finch
Publican Malcolm Mant
NEXT Wednesday marks the deadline for offers on one of George Orwell’s favourite pubs in the borough – The Compton Arms.
The pub, which is a stone’s throw from Upper Street, was put up for sale by its freehold owners, The Greene King pub chain. Property sales company Fleurets gave the guide price at £1.5m and they will stop fielding offers on Wednesday.
Pub regulars have raised concerns that the pub may lose its character as a local forum or may be demolished and turned into luxury houses.
The building is not listed by National Heritage, which would give it protection from development projects.
“The Nazis are to blame for that,” said publican Malcolm Mant who lives above the pub, speaking to the Tribune last week. A bomb in 1944 destroyed most of the pub’s 18th-century structure but an alehouse has been on the site since the 16th century.
This week, Andy Gardner from the Islington History and Archaeology Society submitted an application to the Town Hall for the pub to be registered as an asset of community value. This would make it difficult for developers to demolish it.