Tuesday, 20 September 2011
grievously damaged in the London riots in August when looters attacked a jewellers' shop, has finally succumbed after hanging on in perilous condition for a month. Although reduced to a shell, it is probable that a portion of the handsome facade (bottom picture) could have been saved, given the necessary political will, with the remainder reinstated in replica. We have at least managed to save the nationally-listed property at 662 High Road, which was also attracting the attention of demolition contractors. Though also gutted, this has been shored up and stabilised and awaits rebuilding behind the facade.