Iconic Pub to Return to Its Leaning Glory After Fire

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.28 - 2024 10:15 AM CET

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Photo: Stephen Clarke / Shutterstock.com
After being unlawfully demolished following a fire, the historic Crooked House pub in England is set to be reconstructed to its original slanted state.

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The legendary Crooked House pub, an 18th-century establishment known for its distinctive leaning architecture, is set to be reconstructed, wonkiness and all. This decision comes after its unauthorized demolition following a mysterious fire last year, as mandated by the South Staffordshire Council on Tuesday.

Community and Council Rally for Reconstruction

The fire that engulfed this much-loved local spot in Himley, central England, left more than a few hearts charred and sparked a detective drama to boot. Although the flames led to the arrest of three suspects, no charges have been filed.

In a bold move, the council has thrown down the gauntlet to Adam and Carly Taylor along with ATE Farms, the recent purchasers of the inn, demanding the Crooked House be resurrected in all its lopsided splendor by February 2027. They have been given 30 days to contest this order.

The swift razing of the pub, even before figuring out why it caught fire, raised quite a few eyebrows and sparked controversy among the locals.

Council leader Roger Lees acknowledged the efforts of the 35,000 individuals who got behind a Facebook campaign pushing for the pub’s comeback to "its former glory."

"We have not taken this action lightly, but we believe that it is right to bring the owners, who demolished the building without consent, to account and we are committed to do what we can to get the Crooked House rebuilt,” Lees stated.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street also expressed his approval of the council’s firm stance, seeing it as a testament to community involvement.

A Beloved Landmark

Originally built as a farmhouse in 1765, the Crooked House earned its name due to the coal mining in the area affecting its foundation.

Over time, it evolved into a pub known as The Siden House, a nod to its slanted structure, with "Siden" meaning crooked in the local dialect. The pub has seen a variety of changes and renovations throughout the years, turning into a well-known spot for visitors.

With restoration plans underway, both locals and tourists are preparing to revisit one of England's notably slanted pubs.

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