Britain’s ‘wonkiest pub’ is flattened after devastating fire tore through 18th century boozer
- Bulldozers flattened The Crooked House in the West Midlands at 2pm on Monday
Britain’s Wonkiest Pub was demolished yesterday afternoon just two days after it was devastated by a fire.
Bulldozers flattened The Crooked House in Himley, West Midlands, at 2pm on Monday.
The 18th-century boozer was extensively damaged by the blaze on Saturday evening.
The fire came just two weeks after the building was sold by brewer Marston’s to a private buyer.
It had been trading for 192 years. Now all that remains of the beloved watering hole is a large heap of rubble.
Britain’s Wonkiest Pub was demolished this afternoon just two days after it was devastated by a fire
Bulldozers flattened The Crooked House (pictured before it was devastated by a fire) in Himley, West Midlands, at 2pm on Monday
A fire ripped through the famous pub just two days after it was sold to a private buyer
Only a shell of the pub that traded for 192 years remained after the blaze on Saturday evening
On Monday, bulldozers tore down the beloved structure, leaving a massive pile of rubble in its place
The police has said they are ‘reviewing all of the available evidence’ on the cause of the fire, which needed 30 firefighters to extinguish.
Staffordshire Police said on Monday that investigations into the cause of the fire at the pub were ongoing and a cordon remained in place around the site.
Detective Inspector Richard Dancey, from the Criminal Investigation Division, said: ‘This incident has caused a great deal of speculation locally and we understand the significance of the building within the local community.
‘We would like to remind the public that our investigation is ongoing and we are reviewing all of the available evidence alongside fire investigators to determine the cause of the incident.
Staffordshire Police said on Monday that investigations into the cause of the fire at the pub were ongoing and a cordon remained in place around the site
Aerial shots after the fire showed just how badly the 18th-century boozer was damaged
‘Due to the excess damage caused to the structure of the building, the cordon remains in place [on Monday] and we’re asking people to avoid the area.
‘Those who may have any useful information are urged to get in touch with us whilst we continue to complete our lines of enquiry alongside the fire service.’
The pub became a popular local landmark due to one side being significantly lower than the other, caused by the effects of nearby mining.
Police say nobody was injured and no one was found inside the building when they arrived on the scene at 10.45pm on Saturday. An investigation is underway into the cause
Locals started a petition calling for the pub to be saved after a sale was announced to a private buyer who intended to pursue an ‘alternative purpose’ for the site. They have since doubled down on calling for The Crooked House to be restored
Aerial images show the extent of the destruction wreaked by the fire on August 5
An extension built to the rear contained a restaurant space. It was also completely destroyed in the fire, with just traces of the roof remaining
It was put on the market by Marston’s in January this year, a company spokesperson said.
The building was constructed in 1765 as a farmhouse but became a pub in the 1830s with people flocking to see how one side is 4ft (1.2m) lower than the other.
However, earlier this year the unlikely tourist attraction was put up for sale with a guide price of £675,000, leaving punters fearing for its future.
Fire crews assessing the remains of The Crooked House on Sunday. Police are appealing for information on the fire and are believed to be treating it as ‘suspicious’
After the blaze started, fire crews rushed to The Crooked House pub in the West Midlands village of Himley
A police forensics investigation van was seen at the scene of the blaze alongside a fire engine
The quirky building had attracted visitors from across the world due to its unique leaning effect which causes several illusions.
It was famed for being the place where coins and marbles seemingly rolled uphill along the bar.
Six fire crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the West Midlands Fire Service needed a high-volume pump and several jets to extinguish the flames after emergency services were called at 9.58pm on Saturday.
The quirky entrance to the Crooked House, which brewers Marston’s sold off before the fire
The Crooked House pub in Himley, near Dudley in the West Midlands, operated as one of Britain’s more unconventional watering holes for nearly 200 years. This photo from 1907 shows how popular it was even back then
Even in the modern era, before it closed, the pub retained its unique character. The floor, sofas and tables were perfectly upright – but the walls, ceilings and even the windows sat at an angle
The leaning boozer of Himley was built in 1765 as a farmhouse but became a much-loved pub
Inside, its windows and walls all appeared crooked due to a bizarre effect through subsidence caused by mining in the 1800s
The crooked nature of the pub attracted punters for decades, with walls, doorways and windows all appearing slanted
No one was inside the building at the time of the fire or injured in the blaze.
Station Manager Liam Hickey, of SFRS, who was at the scene, said: ‘Crews have worked diligently to safely extinguish the fire and make sure damage was minimised as much as possible.
‘We know the significance that the building has within the local community and we are working alongside our colleagues in the police to investigate what happened.
‘The building has since been assessed as unsafe and the cordon remains in the area to ensure the safety of the public whilst we continue to carry out our investigation.’
Anyone with information that may help the investigation is urged to contact Staffordshire Police quoting incident 761 of August 5.
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