Iconic Crooked House Pub Ravaged by Fire Just Days After Sale

Iconic Crooked House Pub Ravaged by Fire Just Days After Sale

Fire Destroys Historic Crooked House Pub Just After Sale

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A devastating fire has engulfed the iconic Crooked House pub, a cherished 18th-century establishment, shortly after being sold to a private buyer.

Firefighters and police responded to the scene in Himley, West Midlands, on Saturday night at 10.45pm.

Blaze Engulfs Well-Known Pub

Photos from the incident reveal the well-known pub engulfed in flames.

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Fortunately, the blaze was successfully extinguished, and no injuries were reported, according to Staffordshire Police.

Investigations Underway

Authorities are now conducting investigations to determine the cause of the fire.

The timing of the incident, occurring just days after Marston’s reportedly sold the pub to a private buyer, has raised questions and prompted further scrutiny.

Uncertain Future for The Crooked House

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A Facebook post from The Crooked House on July 27 confirmed that the pub had been sold, and the likelihood of it reopening its doors seemed slim.

Marston’s, the previous owner, had sold the site for alternative use, leaving the fate of the beloved establishment uncertain.

Appeal for Information

Staffordshire Police issued an appeal for information regarding the fire at the derelict building.

They are seeking any leads that could help with the investigation and encourage the public to come forward with any relevant information.

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End of an Era

The Crooked House pub, with a remarkable 192-year history, had recently ceased its trading operations.

Before the sale, the pub had already been closed due to damage from a break-in in July.

Local residents expressed immense sadness over the pub’s sale, and a petition was launched on Change.org, gathering over 3,000 signatures in an attempt to prevent its closure.

A Quirky Landmark Loved by Many

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The pub was well-known for its peculiar leaning effect, which fascinated visitors from around the world.

Constructed as a farmhouse in 1765, it transformed into a pub in the 1830s, captivating patrons with its intriguing architectural quirk – one side stands 4ft (1.2m) lower than the other.

Fond Memories and Tricks of the Trade

Bartenders at The Crooked House were legendary for their entertaining trick – coins and marbles appeared to roll uphill along the bar, adding to the pub’s enchanting atmosphere and earning it a special place in the hearts of visitors and locals alike.

The loss of this historic landmark leaves a void in the community and draws attention to the need for preserving cultural heritage and cherished establishments for future generations.

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As the investigation into the fire continues, the memories and legacy of The Crooked House will remain deeply cherished, serving as a reminder of the rich history and character it brought to the region.

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