- Camden CouncilJonathan McClue, Planning Department
- Richard MetcalfeConsolidated Developments
Don't Bin Tin Pan Alley!
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WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, PETITION CAMDEN COUNCIL, ENGLISH HERITAGE, AND CONSOLIDATED DEVELOPMENTS TO:
Preserve the heritage and integrity of Denmark Street, Tin Pan Alley, and The 12 Bar Club's former building at 26 Denmark Street, St Giles, Holborn in the London Borough Of Camden. It is Grade 2 listed with accredited 'description' throughout to now include the The Forge building to the rear. The Forge dates right back to before the Great Fire of London, when it was originally a barn to a nearby mansion house that was lost to a leper colony prior it's demolition circa 1560.
We want to accord this street with the Heritage status and the particular conservation rules given to historic London areas such as Hatton Garden, Savile Row, Jermyn St, and Covent Garden.
Our plan is to turn Denmark Street - now a tourist trap and guitarists’ shrine - into a thriving ‘rock exchange’, a London centre for the music industry in the same way that the Temple is the key district for the legal profession and The City is for banking. Our ultimate goal is to become a fully rejuvenated Music Mecca for both The British Music Industry and British Music Publishing. The 'new' Tin Pan Alley would present itself as a beacon for British Musicians, placing them all on an international platform when Crossrail opens to the world in 2017/18.
Denmark Street has a long history dating back to the 1690’s. For the past 104 years it has been a Mecca for musicians emanating from all genres. The music publishers have been there since 1911 when Wrights, the first music publishers, moved in to number 19.
The independent music shops, publishing empires, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, and cafes, gave the street its unique ambience, which attracted the likes of Big Band leaders such as Bert Ambrose, Henry Hall, Joe Loss, and Mantovani; songwriters such as Tommy Connor, Cook & Greenaway, Martin & Coulter, Lionel Bart, Lennon & McCartney, Taupin & John; and stars such as Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Tommy Steele, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Shadows, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Small Faces, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Amen Corner, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Elton John, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Jamiroquoi, JTQ, Paul Weller, Jeff Buckley, Adele, Keane, Seasick Steve, The Libertines, Jamie T, Ed Sheerin, and Frank Turner, among the countless others who all shopped, recorded, rehearsed, or wrote there.
The recently closed 12 Bar Club played host to live music 7 nights a week for 23 years.The venue provided a stage to both signed and unsigned musicians - local, national and international - who wanted their music to be heard, and for customers who wanted to hear it. There was simply nowhere like it in the West End. It is essential that this venue survives after Crossrail opens in order to provide a platform for future 'unsigned' bands to ply their craft, and to provide The West End with a singer-songwriter venue space for audiences who appreciate live music in an historic intimate setting.
26 Denmark Street is still a unique place, with 'Grade 2 Listing throughout'. This building is registered with English Heritage along with its 'description' from The Georgian Group. The recently closed building at 26 incorporated London's oldest surviving Forge, which shoed horses from the times of Queen Anne right up until 1979. This must be preserved. Too many of London’s historic venues have been lost to redevelopment and big business.
We implore of you all: do not let The 12 Bar Club at 26 Denmark Street become a victim of the swathes of construction work currently occurring in Denmark Place to the rear of Denmark Street's north side.
Sign here to Save Tin Pan Alley for future generations. Do not let the music die! Otherwise Denmark Street will be lost to over 70 proposed millionaire 'buy-to-leave' flats and 5 star hotels, despite what you may hear elsewhere, leaving a handful of guitar shops at street level, and first floor, only. This will be the reality unless we all lobby those cited on the petition.
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- Jonathan McClue, Planning Department
- Consolidated Developments
Don't Bin Tin Pan Alley!
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