The only remaining pub building in central Leamore, near Bloxwich, was set on fire yesterday, apparently during the mid-afternoon as the above photograph, reproduced with kind permission of the photographer Johnny Sanders who took it at 5.34 pm, shows. Mr Sanders has also provided a short video on YouTube via this link.
Two fire appliances from West Midlands Fire Service’s Bloxwich Fire Station attended the blaze at The Crown, in Leamore Lane, around 5.15pm but the fire did not spread. It was successfully extinguished and no-one has been reported as being hurt.
On inspection of the building exterior this morning, no major structural damage was visible, though the upstairs windows have been left open and there was a heavy smell of smoke.
Access to the building would probably not have been difficult, as the pub has been closed for several years and downstairs side windows have been heavily vandalised, but there has been no statement as yet as to whether there is evidence of accidental ignition or deliberate arson, so the cause of the fire is at present a mystery.
The only other historic Leamore pub left apart from The Crown – The Four Crosses, on the corner of Somerfield Rd and Leamore Lane – was recently demolished for redevelopment, following both The Butlers Arms and The Black Horse (the latter destroyed by arson) in recent years – a sad state of affairs.
The only Leamore pub still open is The Railway, a popular 1960s establishment on the corner of Broadstone Avenue and Bloxwich Road.