Abandoned Newcastle hotel and pub voted one of the most endangered buildings in the UK

The Coach and Horses in Wallsend has stood empty since 2017.

The Coach and Horses Hotel in Wallsend has been named one of the most endangered buildings in the UK by the Victorian Society.

A Grade II listed building, it was constructed in 1907 as a hotel before being converted into a pub in later years. Since 2017 the site has stood empty, falling into a state of decay.

The Coach and Horses (Graham Tyrrell)The Coach and Horses (Graham Tyrrell)
The Coach and Horses (Graham Tyrrell)

Thought to be a direct result of the economic misfortunes of the local area, a developer has purchased the site but is set to put any plans forward.

Griff Rhys Jones, Victorian Society President said: “It seems inconceivable to me that such decorative and imaginative buildings should be ignored and neglected.

Photo: Graham TyrrellPhoto: Graham Tyrrell
Photo: Graham Tyrrell

“Local people should voice their anger at this possibility. This prominent, attractive, well-built building patently deserves a second life. It’s the green solution.”

The former public house stands behind the former Town Hall which was closed in 2008- replaced as private offices in 2015.

Photo: Graham TyrrellPhoto: Graham Tyrrell
Photo: Graham Tyrrell

In 1954 it served as a backdrop to the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to Newcastle and North Tyneside which can be seen in the newsreel footage below.

Joe O’Donnell, director of The Victorian Society, said: “A common factor with most buildings on our list this year is responsible ownership. Despite all these buildings being Grade II listed they have been neglected for years. Regular, appropriate, maintenance is vital for older buildings. The owners of the buildings on our list should be responsible stewards of these nationally significant buildings. If they can’t or won’t, be that they should sell them so someone else can try and secure their futures before it is too late.”

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The list is based on public nominations from across England and Wales, and the buildings selected represent industrial, religious, domestic, and civic architecture from across the nation with unique historical and community significance and value.

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