St Patricks Social Club - Wapping, E1
Situated on Dundee Street (previously known as Upper Well Alley). The site was previously houses and the present building was previously used by St Patricks School Club and finally St Patricks Social Club which closed down a few years ago amongst various planning proposals which have not come into fruition. I had a few good nights at the Social Club myself and its closure was a sad loss. The main hall & bar area had some old photos of local dockers, beanos to the seaside, local amateur football teams & even one of Norman Wisdom who once visited the club!
Meanwhile the building has been left to rot with roof damage meaning that the building might end up getting demolished.
Current owners are the Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee, who are also owners of nearby St Patrick’s church.
Chingford Mill Pumping Station - Chingford, E4
In 1873 the East London Waterworks Company acquired an ancient water mill that was recorded in Domesday. The mill was demolished and in 1895 this red brick pumping station was built. It is over a well (at a depth of 141 feet) in the chalk and a steam engine pumped drinking water from a borehole.
Planning permission was granted in 2005 to turn the building into homes but this lapsed due to inactivity over the years. The occupiers carried out works which were not authorised & local enforcement officers were denied entry which resulted in a police raid late last year and someone was arrested with various charges including planning violations, fly-tipping and unlawful business operations. Nearby residents have also alleged anti social behaviour from people associated with this site.