PUB FINALLY DEMOLISHED – mixed emotions as Waterside building is knocked down
The Waterside pub has been knocked down, almost three years after planning permission was given to do so Photo James Thompson

The Waterside pub has been knocked down, almost three years after planning permission was given to do so Photo James Thompson

30th June 2021

By Suzanne Cleave

A piece of Saltash history came to an end on Monday, with the demolition of the Waterside pub, located on the Waterside.

There was an outpouring of comments on social media after videos of the demolition were posted.

Many were sad to see the pub, previously called the Wheatsheaf, finally being demolished, with plenty of memories shared.

Others said they were glad to see the ‘eyesore’ finally being taken down in the hope that it would be the start of the whole area getting a facelift.

Andrew Barrett said: “It was a great shame to find out the old Wheatsheaf was finally demolished along with another 270 years of Waterside history. It was sad to see how the building had been left to rot over the last few years and allowed to become an eyesore. I really do hope that the replacement building enhances the Waterside but that is probably wishful thinking and we will have to wait and see.”

Andrew has several photographs of the Wheatsheaf regulars gathering for their annual outings, many including his uncle Roy (Dick) Chubb, and he added: “I am sure they would have all been sad to see the fate of their pub if they were here now!”

Saltash residents have been unhappy about the abandoned pub’s appearance for many years. The building and site were steeped in history. It is believed the building was constructed around 1740 on the site of a Royalist civil war artillery battery, and there were calls for the owners, and the county council, to protect one of the oldest and well-known buildings in the town.

In the 1880s the then landlord, Henry Goodman, won the landmark ‘Saltash Oysterage’ case in the House of Lords, in which he led fishermen in a legal victory over Saltash Borough Council for the right to dredge oysters in the Tamar. A plaque commemorating the event is held by Saltash Heritage Museum and the building is linked to the historic case.

The owners of the building were issued with a notice in 2017 which meant they were required to clean up the building. In August 2018, planning permission was granted by Cornwall Council for the redevelopment of the site consisting of demolition of the public house and plans for four apartments and a small shop unit.

At the time, Saltash Town Council raised concerns about the historical importance to the Waterside, including being in a Conservation Area. But this week, almost three years after planning permission was granted, residents witnessed that part of Saltash’s history come crashing to the ground when the bulldozers moved onto the site.

The new build plans are expected to consist of four two bedroom flats with ground floor parking and a shop/café.