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Plans to repair Skipton’s ‘weathered and worn’ Wetherspoons pub

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 23:21

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter

Skipton’s Wetherspoons pub has revealed plans to carry out external repairs to the “extremely weathered and worn” building which is one of the town’s oldest landmarks.

The Devonshire on Newmarket Street dates back to the 1780s and was originally built as an inn for stagecoach travellers.

It was taken over by JD Wetherspoon in 2004 and the national pub chain has now submitted proposals to fix “failing” parts of the historic building’s exterior.

Plans submitted to Craven District Council said the pub is “cracking and crumbling” in areas with renderings which are in “poor condition” and “damaged” timber window frames.

“The overall appearance of the building’s exterior is extremely weathered and worn,” the plans said.

“The roof of the building is covered in natural slates, these however have become loose in certain areas and there is a significant amount of slipped slates which have fallen into the guttering.

“The appearance of the building will be updated to restore the visual quality of the external finishes.”

The plans also said disabled access would be improved with new handrails at the main entrance, while the layout of the building would remain the same.

The Devonshire is a Grade II listed building and was known as The New Inn until 1821.

Originally, there were stables for horses at the rear which were later replaced by a bowling green.

The building was sold in 1897 for £6,000 and again in 1911 to brewing company Tetley’s for just £2,800.

A decision on the latest plans is expected from the council by the end of October.

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