Investigations under way following devastating fire at Crooked House pub

Credit: Ash Smith

Police are appealing for anyone with information after the iconic landmark pub was destroyed by fire late on Saturday evening.

The building was originally a farmhouse and was built in 1765. During the early 19th century, mining in the area caused one side of the building to begin gradually sinking.

By the 1830s it was a public house called the Siden House, siden meaning "crooked" in Black Country dialect.

The building renamed the Glynne Arms after the local landowner, Sir Stephen Glynne, on whose land it stood. and was condemned as unsafe in the 1940s and was scheduled for demolition. Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries purchased the pub and rescued it by making the structure safe using buttresses and girders to retain its lopsided appearance. 

The devasting fire follows the recent closure and sale of the building by Marstons after ‘tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage’ was caused during a break in. It seemed unlikely that the pub would ever re-open, following confirmation it had been sold to a private buyer. The guide price for the sale was £675,000 and The Crooked House was one of 61 pubs being sold off by the Marston's group.

Staffordshire Police confirmed the were called at Officers were called at 10:45pm  on Saturday night, and also confirmed that no one was believed to be inside the building at the time and no one has been reported injured.

Six fire crews from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service and West Midlands FIre Service tackled the flames overnight and by Sunday morning the fire was largely extinguished. A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said:

"We are now working with fire investigators to establish the cause of the fire.

"Fire investigators are inspecting the scene this morning and officers are making local enquiries to secure any information that might help the investigation.

"Anyone who may have any information that could help with the investigation are asked to get in touch. You can contact us through Live Chat on our website  or call 101 quoting incident number 761 of 5 August.

Alternatively, to guarantee anonymity, contact Crimestoppers"


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