Sunday, 15 May 2011

The leaning pub of Staffordshire

The Crooked House, Himley, Staffordshire (Ian Beach)
The Crooked House, Himley, Staffordshire

The crooked appearance of this 18th-century Black Country pub is a result of subsidence caused by local mining. Despite being condemned in the 1940s, the building was later purchased by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries who reinforced it with a series of buttresses and girders and ensured the pub's survival to the present day.
Despite these precautionary measures, one end of the building remains 4ft lower than the other; inside, things are just as confusing, with wonky grandfather clocks, tilting floors and crooked doorways. Glass seals placed over cracks are carefully monitored: if the glass breaks, it means the pub is on the move once more.

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