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Tumbledown Dick

The Tumbledown Dick is an historic Farnborough pub thought to date back to the 1600s. It was closed down in 2008 after failing a health inspection. Controversy has surrounded a bid to turn it into a McDonalds restaurant, with the Friends of the Tumbledown Dick group campaigning for the pub to be turned into a community and live music venue.


Farnborough Road in 1936, with the Tumbledown Dick visible

Tumbledown Dick: From popular pub to fast-food chain

Get Hampshire takes a look back at the Tumbledown Dick's past as the former pub officially opened as a McDonald's this week

New Tumbledown McDonald's opens its doors to public

The new McDonald's drive-thru restaurant opened this week, replacing the former Tumbledown Dick pub

The look of the new Farnborough McDonald's, which keeps elements of the former Tumbledown Dick pub, has been revealed

Tumbledown Dick's transformation into McDonald's is complete

Former Farnborough pub's change of use was permitted last October despite a long-running campaign to keep it

Tumbledown Dick customers campaign to keep the pub open in 2008

Tumbledown Dick campaign group disbands

The Friends of Tumbledown Dick have called it a day on their campaign to save the Farnborough pub or launch a community/music venue

An image mock-up of the proposed McDonald's vs the current derelict Tumbledown Dick site

Work finally to begin on Tumbledown Dick McDonald's

After planning permission was granted last October, construction work is finally to begin to turn the Tumbledown Dick pub into a McDonald's.

Plans unveiled to turn Farnborough pub into flats

There are plans to close another Rushmoor pub and redevelop it as Inland Homes announces a 62-apartment scheme for the Ham & Blackbird

Concerns over site of proposed KFC

Neighbours have raised concerns over traffic, noise and proximity to schools of a new fast food restaurant and drive-through in Aldershot

Tumbledown protester begins new campaign

Tumbledown Dick protester launches fight to save Farnborough green area from redevelopment

An image mock-up of the proposed McDonald's vs the current derelict Tumbledown Dick site

Appeal to review Tumbledown Dick decision rejected while lead campaigner steps down

Eric Pickles has rejected an appeal to review the decision to turn the Farnborough pub into a McDonald's and Friends chairman Fran Beauchamp resigns

Tumbledown Dick protesters vow to continue fight

Those opposed to a new McDonald's at the Farnborough pub have lodged an appeal with Eric Pickles

Tumbledown Dick pub null

As it happened: Tumbledown Dick planning meeting

Rushmoor Borough Council's development control committee approved the McDonald's application to take over the Tumbledown Dick in Farnborough Road on Wednesday (October 9)

An image mock-up of the proposed McDonald's vs the current derelict Tumbledown Dick site

Tumbledown Dick to become McDonald's restaurant

The council's development control committee voted seven votes to three in favour of allowing the vacant pub to be turned into a fast food restaurant and drive-through

An image mock-up of the proposed McDonald's vs the current derelict Tumbledown Dick site

Tumbledown Dick McDonald's plans - arguments for and against

As a decision looms on the future of the old Tumbledown Dick pub, here are the arguments of the people campaigning for it to become a community music and arts venue and those who think McDonald's is the best option for the site

Campaigners outside the Tumbledown Dick which has been closed since February 2008

Tumbledown Dick's past, present and future - in pictures

A look at the history of the former Farnborough pub and the plans McDonald's has for the future of the site

Farnborough Tumbledown Dick

McDonald's plan for Tumbledown Dick site set to be approved

Councillors are recommended to grant planning permission for a new fast food restaurant and drive-through to replace the vacant pub

Tumbledown Dick pub

Tumbledown Dick decision put back by a month

Extended consultation period delays decision on plans to turn pub into fast food chain

Artist's impression of the proposed McDonald's restaurant at the Tumbledown Dick pub site

McDonald's submits Tumbledown application

Fast food chain wants to build a new restaurant at centuries-old pub site in Farnborough

Tumbledown success as pub retains special status

The Farnborough pub being eyed up for a McDonald's restaurant has had Asset of Community Value status confirmed

Farnborough Tumbledown Dick

Tumbledown Dick added to special protection list

Farnborough pub building afforded level of protection by being included on Rushmoor Borough Council's Local List

Opposing groups fight for future of Tumbledown

The Friends of Tumbledown Dick are up against the new Support Tumbledown Dick McDonald’s campaign group



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