Fight for historic pub site goes on

L12-1133    17/9/12 Exterior of The Norman King pub in Dunstable. wk 38 AOD JX ENGPNL00120130731083812
L12-1133 17/9/12 Exterior of The Norman King pub in Dunstable. wk 38 AOD JX ENGPNL00120130731083812
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The uncertain future of the burnt-out Norman King pub is set to be discussed on Monday night, with campaigners still hopefull for its restoration.

Since it was targeted by an arsonist in August 2011 the pub, in Kingsway, Dunstable, has lain dormant and was ultimately delisted by English Heritage.

It is believed to be on the site of a royal hunting lodge built by King Henry I in about 1120, some years before he founded the Priory monastery nearby.

The building, which was used as a public house from 1961, is now set to be demolished to make way for an extension of the neighbouring Old Palace Lodge Hotel.

However, campaign group Save the Norman King has appealed to owner Martyn Murphy to agree to a restoration of the building.

The ongoing fight will be discussed at a Dunstable Town Council meeting on Monday night from 7pm, with campaigners hoping to gain the support of councillors.

Group leader Andrea Tompkins told the Herald & Post: “I don’t know what to expect at this meeting. In an ideal world I know all of the councillors would have hoped it never went down in the first place. We’ve submitted an application to have it listed under the community right to bid status. Kevin McCloud (from Channel 4’s Grand Designs) has also issued a statement in support of our campaign.”