Customers worried for future of 'lovely' historic Bilston pub after overnight fire
Customers of an historic Bilston pub which was destroyed by an overnight fire have spoken of their shock and sorrow at the blaze.
The blaze at the Greyhound and Punchbowl in Bilston High Street is being treated as arson after fire crews were called at around 3.40am on Saturday.
As firefighters continued to make the scene safe and investigate the cause, people gathered to look at the remains of the listed building which dates back to 1450.
Initially a manor house, it became a licensed venue in the 18th century.
Fire crews from Bilston, Willenhall, Tipton and Wolverhampton were called to the Greyhound and Punchbowl in Bilston High Street on Saturday morning around 3.30am after smoke was seen pouring out of the pub.
Andy Spedding, who has lived in Bilston all his life and has been a customer at the pub regularly over the last 20 years, said it was a shock to him.