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The Giant Goram, last pub in Lawrence Weston, threatened with closure

 

 

The Giant Goram is the last pub standing in the Lawrence Weston area of Bristol. The areas has lost several pubs in recent years including the Penpole Inn, the Long Cross and the Masons Arms.

Recent media reports have stated that the owners, the Wellington Pub Company who are 'managed' by Criterion Asset Management, have sold the pub to developers who intend to demolish the building and replace it with residential units.

The reports in the Bristol Post on Radio Bristol have indicated that the potential loss of this pub will have a significant impact on the community. If the pub is lost, there is very little else in Lawrence Weston for the community. Locals were saying the pub is the hub of the community.

The pub dates from 1959 and was built for Simonds Brewery. Although it is in some ways a fairly typical post 2nd World War estate pub, unusually it retains much of its original layout making it a rare example of a post 2nd World War survivor.

The pub features two of the original three rooms, a skittle alley and has community activities including a bicycle project where bikes are repaired & given to local children.

The pub is locally listed and is also in the CAMRA South West Real Heritage Pubs book.

On social media postings, it is clear that many people are angry and upset at the threat to their local pub and have vowed to fight to save it.

Any plans to change the use of the building will require planning application approval and it's locally listed status should mean that planning officers should give this matter full consideration. Bristol CAMRA is willing to help the community and will certainly object to any planning application for change of use.

If you would like to contact CAMRA about the campaign to save the Giant Goram please email: bristolpubsgroup@yahoogroups.co.uk

Want to find out about the legend of Giant Goram? You can see the Wikipedia entry at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goram_and_Vincent