Raise a wonky glass to The Crooked House

The Crooked House pub

By Jennifer Castrodale

The Crooked House, an architectural oddity whose almost drunkenly slanted walls had earned it the nickname “Britain’s wonkiest pub,” will be closing its slightly off-kilter doors for good. The Dudley, England pub was put up for sale earlier this year, and its as-yet-unidentified buyer will reportedly not be using the building as a bar.

“Quick note to let customers and visitors [know], the crooked house has been sold,” a recent post on the Crooked House Facebook page read. “Unlikely to be [opening] its doors again. Marstons have sold the site to [a] private buyer for alternative use, that is all we know.”

The Crooked House was built in 1765 and was originally used as a farmhouse. By the early 1800s, coal and limestone mining were among the most prevalent industries in that part of England’s Black Country, and the building started to sink on one side. It was already a popular local boozer at the time, and picked up the name “The Siden House,” as “siden” meant “crooked” in Black Country dialect. It picked up a different name, was temporarily closed in the 1940s for being as unsafe as it might’ve looked, and was saved from demolition by  Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries. After getting some structural reinforcements, the Crooked House reopened for business.

It was put up for sale in March of this year, with a £675,000 ($858,000) price tag. The pub’s owner’s, Marston’s, have since confirmed that the property was sold. “We’re delighted to confirm the sale of The Crooked House has now completed,” a Marston’s spokesperson told the Birmingham Mail. “At this stage we’re unable to disclose any details on the buyer or price.”

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