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Wansford

Wansford
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Wansford services
Road:A1 near Wansford
Address:Peterborough Road, Wansford, Peterborough PE8 6JN
Opened:1979
Closed:2007
Previous operators:The Mermaid Inn
Grid reference:TL075994
Services type:Single site located between junctions on the northbound side only.

The Wansford Little Chef is one of the most iconic sights on the A1. Its distinctive building replaced a pub, Ye Olde Mermaide Inn at the Wansford Crossroads, which was demolished in 1937 owing to the construction of the Wansford Bypass. In 1979 it became a Little Chef.

In 2007, Little Chef closed the restaurant and its walls became filled with graffiti. There were been numerous plans to redevelop the site but they were usually stalled by objections.

Attempts to make it a listed building also failed because Little Chef changed the design of the windows.

In 2013, Harris McCormack Architects Limited bought and started renovation works on the former building and in 2015 opened its doors, renamed as ArcHauswebsite, with their headquarters on the first floor and a Ducati motorcycle showroom on the ground floor.