Vandal-hit Hessle Road pub to be transformed into flats and a shop

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Nov 2017

A listed pub in Hessle Road could soon become a shop and homes in new plans aimed at revitalising the empty building.

The Dover Sole pub in Gypsyville, formerly known as the Gypsyville Tavern, has been a cornerstone of the community since it was built in 1926 but has been left derelict in recent years.

But now, an out-of-town couple want to breathe new life into the building which sits on the corner of Hessle Road and Hereford Street.

Dr and Mrs Hashmi want to turn the building into a store, as well as a residential space.


The Dover Sole pub, Hessle Road, west Hull, could soon be converted into flats and a shop

They also want to repair the historic facades on both street-facing sides of the property, which they want to retain in-keeping with the look of the road.

The design has been put together by East Riding firm Morgan Lloyd Jones Partnership and will see the exterior go largely unchanged, but with a new interior.

Options for the redevelopment are either to split the ground floor into two retail units or keep it as one.

Seven one-bedroom flats will be built across the pre-existing first floor and a new second floor which will be constructed as part of the work.

The building is locally listed with Hull City Council. The listing description states that the building is “a good example of a 1920’s Queen Anne influenced public house built in 1926, little altered and nicely detailed.”


The pub could soon be turned into seven one-bedroom flats and either one or two retail units

The former pub has become a magnet to vandalism with the interior furnishings, which would have been in place when it was fully operational, no longer there.

There are also piles of debris throughout the building as a result of structural damage caused by a leaking roof.


The Dover Sole was formerly known as the Gypsyville Tavern

The proposal states: “The building in its current state cannot be sustained, and there is no economic prospect that it can be rehabilitated as a public house. There is no market for it in this area.

"The main concern in developing this property is recognising the important features of the building and retaining them.

"To this end, and because it is a significant local building, both as a stand-alone design but also as an imposing element of the street scene, both the facades to Hessle Road and Hereford Street will be retained."

Any public comments on the redevelopment of 807 – 809 Hessle Road must be aired to the council in writing or via email before December 1.

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