By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2008
A pub which is due to be converted into a synagogue by a strictly Orthodox community will close next month, although its long-term future remains uncertain.
Representatives of Stamford Hill’s Bobov community have been in discussions to buy The Swan for around £1 million since the summer.
But they have faced obstacles from pub regulars who set up a Save the Swan campaign and arguments with a rival Bobov faction.
The discovery of a restrictive covenant, which prohibits the future use of the building as a pub, has also threatened the deal.