Pub fu­ture un­cer­tain as it goes for auc­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Retail Update -

A his­toric town cen­tre pub could be closed after it goes un­der the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer.

The John Wal­lis, for­merly The Man of Kent, has been listed for sale with auc­tion­eer firm Clive Em­son this month.

The grade-II listed de­tached build­ing in Mid­dle Row has a guide price of £250,000.

Auc­tion­eer Kevin Gil­bert said: “While it might con­tinue as a pub it might also have a va­ri­ety of fu­ture uses as long as all nec­es­sary con­sents are ob­tain­able.”

The pub was closed for a £ 100,000 re­fur­bish­ment in Novem­ber 2012, when the owner Stonegate de­cided to change the name.

It was crit­i­cised at the time by the The John Wal­lis Academy prin­ci­pal John Mc­Par­land who said the school had not been con­sulted on the name change.

The Swan in Tufton Street closed ear­lier this year. The Bri­tish Vol­un­teer has now been con­verted into flats, while an ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish the Prince Al­bert in New Street and build flats is be­ing con­sid­ered.

The for­mer Kentish Ex­press of­fices in North Street will also be up for auc­tion.

The es­ti­mated free­hold guide price is £350,000.

The pub­lic auc­tion will take place on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30 at the Clive Em­son Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Detling, start­ing at 11am.

The John Wal­lis pub in Ash­ford is up for auc­tion

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