150-year-old Huntingdon pub is demolished to make way for homes

A 150-year-old pub in Huntingdon has been knocked down to make way for a housing development.

The Longbow, in Kings Ripton Road, was closed in 2009 due to poor patronage and its owners Enterprise Inns failed to attract anyone to take it over so the land was bought by Relmfield Builders of Bedford.

They demolished the pub on Friday (August 3) and will fill the site with seven three-bedroom and two two-bedroom homes.

Mark Hoggett, of Jackson Walk, spotted the pub being knocked down and captured the demolition.

He said: “It was a pretty building and seemed to look out of place in the surroundings. I was sad to see it knocked down.

“It was originally named the Platelayers Arms and first frequented by railway workers who toiled on the East Coast mainline.

“It was at one time a village pub but over the last 50 years it has become surrounded by new housing from the Oxmoor, Sapley and Hartford estates plus industry on the St Peters Road.

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“Despite being in a high population area like many other pubs in recent times will have suffered financially.”