On the edge of the Himley Estate lies the The Glynne Arms (more popularly known as the Crooked House or The Siden House). It is a house that has suffered badly from mining subsidence. It lies on what was the divide between Sir Stephen Glynne's land and that of the Earl of Dudley.
Glynne removed too much of the coal that lies underneath with the obvious result. As the result of an optical illusion, without even taking a drink, beer bottles can really be seen to roll up the table!
Some years ago, the pub was shifting and sinking but buttressing prevented further damage but left it tilted some 15 degrees out of true. Doors, floors and windows all sit at odd angles to one another, causing patrons difficulty upon entering the pub and walking to the bar.
The sloping floor creates an eerie illusory sensation, making drinkers feel drunk after only a pint or two.
Gornal rhyme about the Crooked House...
"Cum in an av sum hum brewd erl
"The Siden House"
a tuneful tribute to the pub,
Interior photographs circa 1930
Interior photographs circa 2002
courtesy of Kieron at the excellent Pubs & Breweries of the Midlands website.
Crooked House circa 1901
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