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Paranormal investigators guard remains of haunted 'crooked' pub

By T.K. Randall
August 25, 2023 · Comment icon 15 comments

The pub back during its heyday. Image Credit: CC-BY-SA 4.0 MIDI
The famous Crooked House pub in South Staffordshire, England was recently destroyed under mysterious circumstances.
Dating back as far as the 18th-Century, the building - which was converted into a pub in the 1830s - was famous for its rather unique structural peculiarities, most notably the fact that one side was 4ft lower down than the other due to mining subsidence, thus earning its 'Crooked House' moniker.

Unsurprisingly for such an old building, the pub was said to be haunted, with visitors reporting sightings of Polly - a ghostly barmaid who was thought to have once worked there.

Events surrounding the building ended up making headline news, however, when it went up for sale back in March, before being burgled a few months later.

The sale of the pub was completed on July 25th, but less than two weeks later the entire building was gutted in a devastating fire which destroyed much of the interior and the roof.
Two days later, while investigations were still being carried out, the building was inexplicably demolished with heavy machinery, leaving nothing but a pile of rubble.

Unsurprisingly, many have raised concerns about the who, what and why of these events.

Now a team of paranormal investigators has taken to guarding the rubble to prevent further sabotage and to ensure that nobody makes off with the debris.

"You can't blame people for being suspicious after what has happened," said Dan Parkes.

"We did some paranormal investigating, and we did capture some stuff. But my main purpose here right now is to make sure there is no further destruction because if we're trying to get this rebuilt, we don't want these bricks here being turned to dust."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (15)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by acute 1 month ago
This is the word on the street. (To be specific... Wikipedia Street) "The sale of the pub was completed on 27 July 2023, with neither the purchase price nor buyer disclosed, although it was reported that the building was sold "for alternative use" and was unlikely to reopen as a pub. A report by†the Guardian†on 8 August stated that the building and land had been purchased by ATE Farms, a property firm with the same registered address in†Bedworth,†Warwickshire†as the quarry and landfill business adjacent to the pub."
Comment icon #7 Posted by L.A.T.1961 1 month ago
The new owners obviously don't have much love for the place. The Black Country Museum have moved and rebuilt buildings and putting the pub there would open it up to many more visitors.† https://bclm.com/explore/
Comment icon #8 Posted by pellinore 1 month ago
It may yet be rebuilt, either where it was or a museum:Building experts survey materials which might be salvageable to rebuild Hurst Green's historic pub Punch Bowl Inn (msn.com) Edit: Oops, this is another historic pub which was demolished.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Eldorado 1 month ago
The owners of a Black Country pub which was gutted by fire and then demolished two days later experienced another huge fire on land they owned. The cause of a previous blaze at Finmere landfill, Buckinghamshire,†in August 2018 was never established. --- Staffordshire Police confirmed last Wednesday†the blaze was being treated as arson. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-66514759
Comment icon #10 Posted by pellinore 1 month ago
The developers are bare-faced vandals. Though if events like the great Covid thefts are any guide, when billions of tax payers money was stolen by Tory donors and friends, they will probably end up with Peerages.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pellinore 1 month ago
Inside the pub before the fire: †
Comment icon #12 Posted by pellinore 1 month ago
Suspected arsonists arrested. I wonder what their motive was (they are not the property developers)? Crooked House: Two arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after fire at Britain's 'wonkiest' pub | UK News | Sky News
Comment icon #13 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 month ago
But can we throw the bricks through the local CVS' windows, for justice?
Comment icon #14 Posted by razman 1 month ago
Sounds like an insurance scam , i mean ,† thing.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Still Waters 23 days ago
A "padlocking ceremony" has taken place at the site of the Crooked House pub in the Black Country. It was well-known for its "wonky" appearance before it set alight on 5 August and was then demolished less than 48 hours later. The Save the Crooked House campaign group said it had talked to contractors who agreed to secure the bricks from the building. The group said it wanted the pub to be rebuilt and "rise from the ashes". Paul Turner, its leader, said about 200 people turned up for the ceremony and to see padlocks put on the containers. One of the keys to the padlocks would be kept by the co... [More]

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