Today, Get Hampshire, the online version of the local Farnborough News (And all local News Group local papers for Aldershot, Camberley and Fleet), published the story “Listed building blow for Tumbledown Dick battle” regarding the English Heritage decision not to list the Tumble Down Dick.
The story covers the news of English Heritage’s decision not to make the Tumbledown a listed building, with a statement that:
“The Tumbledown Dick is a building of local interest as a long established pub with historical links to both the local community and military presence in the area, the current building dating from c. 1825.”
Despite the Tumbledown’s own heritage team unearthing a wealth of information on the history of the Farnborough pub, English Heritage went on to say:
“However, from the evidence available, it lacks the special architectural and historical interest required to qualify for listing.”
The Friends of the Tumble Down Dick will appeal against the English Heritage decision and a statement from this group that the fight to save our important landmark from destruction, or conversion to yet another fast food restaurant, will continue. Fran Beauchamp said:
“The battle is not over. It is not the be-all and end-all having the building listed. It certainly would have helped us, but it will not stop us, we will keep on going.”
The only viable outcome is that the Tumble Down Dick is saved for the community and not for the expansion of either rich people’s pockets or poor people’s waist lines.
That aside, looking online, there have been so many more stories out there about our historic Farnborough pub that I decided to collect them all for reference and for the interest of all supporters of The Tumbly, live music and Farnborough’s history.
For the up-to-date list of all Tumbledown news stories see our new page on The Tumble Down Dick in the News. The majority of mentions, either as the subject of the headline ot deepr within the article, are obviously from Get Hampshire, however I’ve also included some important and prominent blog posts about the pub too.
If you find any more important references to the Tumbledown Dick in any blogs or news sources, please do let us know.