Roof repairs begin at Wellesbourne pub after fire
WORK is currently underway to rebuild the Stags Head pub in Wellesbourne, seven months after its roof was destroyed by fire.
The 17th century Grade II listed building caught fire just before 1am on Monday 11th October 2021. The thatched roof caught fire and the flames quickly spread through the premises but luckily the people inside were able to escape.
Seven fire apparatus took five hours to extinguish the blaze.
The community of Wellesbourne quickly mobilized, raising over £6,000 to provide financial support to owners and staff affected by the fire.
Construction work began earlier this month by Leamington restoration specialists Castle Brothers.
Stuart Jackson, from the pub, told the Herald: “They have started work on replacing the timber frame, which is wonderful to see.
“Obviously it’s Grade II listed, so anything we can hold back we have to, and they’re doing an amazing job of that. You can see they are absolute craftsmen and their way of working is just superb.
“The handwork with these tools on the heavy wooden frame is just amazing to watch. You must be in awe of people like that. You have this huge piece of holm oak, and because they’re working by hand, there’s only a small bundle of chisels and a big mallet. It’s fantastic to see.
As the Stags Head begins its path to recovery, three other pubs in the Stratford district that have been ravaged by fire in the past year are finding their feet more slowly.
The Three Tuns in Alcester, which caught fire on Saturday April 17, 2021, lay derelict, open to the elements and surrounded by scaffolding for an entire year, leading to 475 residents signing a petition organized by Cllr Susan Juned (Alcester Town, Liberal Democrats).
The petition, presented to District Council on Monday, called on the council to help with a timetable to ensure the Grade II listed building is restored and to consider formal action if no progress is made.
The Herald understands work began this week.
A third recent fire saw the Crabmill in Preston Bagot burst into flames on the morning of February 28. At the time, a spokesman for pub owners Brunning and Price said: ‘The Crabmill will be closed for the foreseeable future while a restoration and refurbishment plan is organised.
The fourth pub to be affected by the fire was The Churchill Arms in Paxford, which suffered extensive damage in the early hours of March 14 as a chef escaped when the blaze broke out. Chef-owner Nick Deverell-Smith said this week: “I have no comment at this time, but I will issue a press release when I am ready to share my plans for the future.”