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The Crooked House: Former farmhouse that gave its owner a sinking feeling

In its heyday, the Crooked House attracted visitors from China, Japan and the United States, but a few decades earlier it almost faced the bulldozers.

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The Glynne Arms, now The Crooked House, was known for its subsidence even when pictured here in 1904

Visitors to the Black Country pub have marvelled at its gravity-defying appearance since mining subsidence caused one side of the building to sink in the mid-1800s.

The Glynne Arms as it was more correctly know for most of its life, was originally built as a private farmhouse in 1765. Once dubbed 'Britain's wonkiest pub', it's now been sold for alternative use and is unlikely to open its doors to drinkers again.

The Glynne family were prominent landowners in the area, with their 100-acre Oak Farm stretching from Kingswinford to Gornal. The building now known as The Crooked House was built at the northern extremity of the site, between Himley and Gornal.

Sir Stephen Glynne
The effects of mining subsidence well illustrated by The Glynne Arms, near Himley

In March 1815, Sir Stephen Glynne Baronet died in Nice, leaving both his baronetcy and Oak Farm to his seven year-old son, also called Stephen.

At this time these lands were wholly agricultural, but as the younger Sir Stephen grew up, he began to take advantage of the Industrial Revolution which was gripping the area.