Campaign to Save the Swan Tavern

[The Campaign to Save the Swan was lost on 26th June 2014 – this page remains as an Archive while we regroup to focus on other heritage sites in Greenwich and London]

Welcome to “Save the Swan”, the official website of our campaign to prevent the Swan Tavern on Greenwich High Road from being demolished.

Derelict but lovely – the Swan in happier times

The Swan Tavern, later known as Millers, is an elegant Late Victorian building which has stood at 85-87 Greenwich High Road for over 100 years.

As a music bar, it was the venue which inspired local band Dire Straits to write their hit song “Sultans of Swing”.

In 2009, it was recommended for conservation in a Mayor of London heritage report, but in 2011 Greenwich Council gave planning permission for its demolition, to be replaced by 11 flats and shops.

As residents, we are calling on the Council to protect the character of our local architecture, and find a way to preserve the Swan for future generations.

We are urging them to include the Swan into the Ashburnham Conservation Area, which begins just yards away from the pub’s front door, or to use their extensive local authority powers to save the building by another route.  We would then campaign for the building’s sympathetic rehabilitation, potentially for use as a community asset.

We simply cannot stand by and watch as another historic building is torn down in the name of profit.

If you are a resident of Greenwich, act now!
Click here to find out what you can do.

This site will bring you the latest news from the campaign.

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