GOODBYE TO PRINCE ALBERT
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.
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