GRADE 2 Repair & Alteration
The Fellowship Inn is of outstanding significance as most of the interior fittings and original layout survive as well as the exterior appearance being largely unchanged and this makes it a rare, virtually unaltered, example of a 1920s ‘improved public house’. Architecturally, the building shows all the salient features of a typical ‘improved’ pub of this era with its ‘Brewers’ Tudor’ style, large bar areas, halls of entertainment, refreshment room, children’s room, off sales shop and ample kitchen facilities. Historically, it was built to serve the London County Council’s Bellingham Estate by one of the major improving breweries and is an early example of the LCC allowing a pub to be built on one of their estates and is illustrative of a change in social housing policy.
Apart from the pub areas the rest of the building has been derelict for some time and is in need of urgent repair and conversion to give it a viable future. The building has been acquired by Phoenix Housing Association and they have now obtained a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Grant to develop the building. Temporary roof repairs have been carried out to stop water ingress. Two end users have been signed up who will take over the running of the building under lease agreements with Phoenix. The top two floors will be taken over by the Lewisham Music Hub for running after-school instrument tuition and rehearsals for the Borough’s schools. The ground and lower ground floors will be taken over by Laines who have a proven track record in running pubs and other entertainment venues. The lower Ground Floor will converted into a cinema with an adjacent Coffee Shop. The ground floor hall will be refurbished to provide a multi use hall as a music/comedy venue and for community use.
The designs now have Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent and tenders received ready for the project to start on site in late 2017.