Today we heard some excellent news from Historic England, who have included the Dyke Pub as a Grade II category entry on the National Heritage List for England.
The nomination to list the building was made by local researchers and architects, who were concerned that recent proposals to redevelop the building were harmful to its special architectural and historic interest (planning application has since been withdrawn by the applicants). The Brighton Society supported the nomination.
The building is listed as ‘Former Dyke Road Hotel’, referring to its name at the time of completion in 1895, when it replaced a modest beerhouse called ‘The Windmill Inn’. Architect Charles Henry Buckman designed the building for local brewery Tamplins. Buckman notably also designed Tamplin’s Phoenix Brewery Office, now the Grade II listed Phoenix Community Centre, as well as the Station Hotel pub and numerous local houses.
The architectural style of the building is Neo-Tudor, with a brick and stonework ground floor. The upper floor has timbered gables and tile hanging. Tall brick chimneys are a prominent feature. The building is well composed, detailed and executed, and is remarkably intact.
The boom in pub building around the 1900s makes new listings of this building type subject to great competition. Historic England listed the Dyke Pub for the following reasons:
- a prominent corner public house with well-articulated frontages and decorative features, built in good quality materials to a high standard of craftsmanship;
- an early example of a ‘reformed’ public house, (a new respectable type of pub, designed to provide a range of facilities, including for non-drinkers.)
- the exterior is little altered and interior fittings include bar counter, mirrored bar back, wall panelling, ribbed ceiling, fireplaces and staircase.
- this is Buckman’s best public house built in Brighton and is considered to be the only public house in Brighton possessing all the features of the Tudor Revival style.
Inclusion on the National Heritage List for England means the owners must apply for Listed Building Consent for alterations and extensions that affect its special character, including internal works and changes to boundaries.
There is an open meeting on Tuesday, 7 November 8.30-10pm at the Church Hall of Church of the Good Shepherd, Dyke Road, to discuss the listing and the next steps to bring the building back into use as a pub for the community. Please come along, and join the Facebook event for updates.