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Worlds End Distillery Public House

A Grade II Listed Building in Stanley, London

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Latitude: 51.482 / 51°28'55"N

Longitude: -0.1798 / 0°10'47"W

OS Eastings: 526490

OS Northings: 177469

OS Grid: TQ264774

Mapcode National: GBR 3Q.TX

Mapcode Global: VHGR4.T0TP

Plus Code: 9C3XFRJC+R3

Entry Name: Worlds End Distillery Public House

Listing Date: 28 April 2006

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391649

English Heritage Legacy ID: 493131

Also known as: The World's End, Chelsea

ID on this website: 101391649

Location: West Brompton, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW10

County: London

District: Kensington and Chelsea

Electoral Ward/Division: Stanley

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Kensington and Chelsea

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: All Saints (Chelsea Old Church)

Church of England Diocese: London

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249/0/10261 KING'S ROAD
28-APR-06 459
World's End Distillery Public House


Public house built in 1897, originally called 'The World's End'. Architect unknown.
MATERIALS: Red brick in Flemish Bond; rubbed and moulded and brick detailing; stone dressings and banding; slate roof with lead sheet to turret; granite facings to ground floor.
PLAN: 3 storeys, basement and attic. Ground floor public house; first-floor function room; residential accommodation above.
EXTERIOR: Style: Free Flemish Revival with Norman Shaw and Ernest George influence. Ground floor pub front projects on SW elevation; polished grey granite; granite pilasters and angle pier with Ionic capitals, bearing modern fascia. Three entrances with wrought-iron screens above (original central entrances to each elevation now modified as windows). Entrances to either side of the SW elevation set within lobbies with curved windows. External joinery mainly original. Some original etched and cut window glass, mainly in the doors and upper lights of the windows; some larger panes have been replicated, the remainder plain glass.
Upper floors richly modelled with extensive stone banding continued along window piers. Cornice continues around both elevations; section to NW and turret with carved relief decoration. Bays articulated by chamfered brick pilasters; some surmounted by beasts bearing shields. Elaborate Flemish gables with decorative moulded brick panels to top stage. Timber sash windows with glazing bars to upper sections. NW elevation: three window range surmounted by gable with scrolled broken-apex pediment. First and second floors have central tripartite mullioned window flanked by single windows: those to first floor have flat arches with carved relief decoration; those to second floor windows have depressed gauged-brick arches with keystones, central window with triple keystones and richly decorated tympanum with grotesque mask. Two windows to gable with plain tympana and triple keystones. Blind bay with chimney stack carrying aedicule with moulded brick swag, grotesque mask and scrolled pediment, bearing cartouche with pub name. Corner expressed by bold octagonal turret; rubbed brick colonnettes to angles; triple-light bay windows to each floor. Octagonal lead roof sumounted by timber cupola. SW elevation: two window range surmounted by gable with segmental broken-apex pediment. Elliptical bay windows to first floor with parapets continued upwards to form balconettes to windows above with carved relief decoration. Second-floor tripartite mullioned windows with tympana matching that to NW elevation. Two windows to gable.
INTERIOR: Pub interior altered. Ground floor open-plan with central bar. Some original features, including cast iron-columns and decorative finishes. Late C19 chimneypieces. Original staircase. First-floor function room with timber chimneypiece. Rooms above first floor not inspected.
HISTORY The World's End was a horse-bus terminus. It was rebuilt in 1897 to replace an earlier pub on the same site. It occupied a corner site at the convergence of King's Road and World's End Passage. The adjacent terraces were demolished in the C20.
SOURCES: Pevsner, The Buildings of England, London 3: North West; Mark Girouard, Victorian Pubs' 1975
EVALUATION OF IMPORTANCE: A fine example of a public house in the gin-palace genre dating from the 1895-9 boom in pub building. Of high townscape importance.

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