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'After The Crooked House, people think it will be next': Fears for future of Gunpowder Plot House

The house where the Gunpowder Plotters made their last stand before being arrested, Holbeche House, is one of the most important historic buildings in the UK.

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But, a year after closing as a care home for the elderly, there are growing concerns about the future of the mansion on the outskirts of Dudley, which dates back to the turn of the 17th century.

"It is boarded up and shows no signs of being looked after," says Barbara Carroll, from Wolverhampton.

Gaz Evans, who lives in nearby Kingswinford, says he is increasingly concerned about the future of the building, particularly in the wake of what happened to The Crooked House.

"It's boarded up, but there doesn't seem to be any security at the site," says Mr Evans, 50.

"I was walking past the other day, when I saw a man with a surveyor's tape.