Comment: When this building was originally listed it was the Top Cats
Night Club. Before that it was used for various entertainment purposes,
including, I think, a cinema; and at one point it was a pub called The Carousel.
It is now (2003) called Roar, has been painted up and looks a lot better than it
has done in recent years.
The Pipe family were large local landowners by Elizabethan times and
Sir Richard Pipe was Sheriff of London in 1572 and Lord Mayor of London
in 1578. The Bilston seat seems to have been on or near this spot,
this building being known locally as Pipe Hall, and Pipe Meadow being
nearby. Also in the vicinity is the little street known as The
Orchard which is supposed to have been the orchard attached to this
house. But the last of the line died in the mid C18 before this building
was built. So what was the earlier history of this building? All
further information gratefully received.