A £3.8million Heritage Enterprise grant is transforming The Fellowship Inn, a semi-derelict south London pub built for First World War veterans and their families, into a thriving community venue that will include a cinema, artisan bakery and a micro-brewery.
The pub was built in the 1920s as the first ever pub on a London UK housing estate. It was part of a ‘Homes for Heroes’ development to ease inner city overcrowding following the First World War, and used by the returning soldiers and their families for clubs, social activities and gatherings. Later the pub acted as a training base and home for the heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper ahead of his 1963 fight with Cassius Clay, and its large theatre was graced by bands including Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
Since the 1980s the Fellowship Inn has fallen into serious disrepair, while Bellingham is today one of the most deprived areas in the UK with 40 per cent of children living in poverty. The project is creating more than 70 jobs and many more training and volunteering opportunities.
The newly developed pub will include a: cinema; live music venue; café; microbrewery; bakery; and artists’ studios.
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