UXBRIDGE

GOODBYE TO PRINCE AL­BERT

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BULL­DOZ­ERS have flat­tened a pub that has stood in Uxbridge for decades.

The Prince Al­bert, in Pield Heath Road, was built for the now de­funct Isle­worth Brew­ery and went on to be­come in­de­pen­dent.

It closed in Fe­bru­ary, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of other pubs nearby, in­clud­ing the Orange Peel Ho­tel, only a few doors down.

Ward coun­cil­lor Brian Stead (Con, Brunel) said he was sad to see the build­ing be­ing torn down.

He said: “I sat out­side there hav­ing a glass of lemon­ade about 60 years ago.

“Ob­vi­ously you don’t like to see any at­trac­tive build­ing de­mol­ished.”

Roy Tun­stall, pubs of­fi­cer for the West Mid­dle­sex branch of the Cam­paign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group, echoed that sen­ti­ment, say­ing: “It had some won­der­ful stained glass win­dows, so it’s a real shame to lose that.”

He added: “They’ve lost so many Hilling­don.”

Records sug­gest the site was home to a pub as long ago as 1866, although the ex­ist­ing build­ing is un­der­stood to date back to the early 1930s.

Pete Wil­liams, who lives on the road, said fewer and fewer peo­ple had been us­ing the pub.

Mr Wil­liams,

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a re­tired ser­vice duty man­ager with London Un­der­ground, said: “It was quite a lively pub at one stage.

“It’s sad, but at the end of the day how many peo­ple ac­tu­ally went in there on a reg­u­lar ba­sis?

“The days of the lo­cal pub be­ing the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity, I think, are over now.”

n LAST OR­DERS: The pub is torn down

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