Outside my front door
My first view of the pub
Approximately 3 hours after the fire started it is still ablaze
It is amazing to see that the hanging baskets are still there and appear to be unaffected!
There are still flames in the roof and the old stables or "barn" has completely disappeared.
Lots of smoke
One brave fireman
Still trying to damp down
Whilst the roof has completely caved in, the outer walls have remained standing, thanks to the ragstone, a local stone which is used in the building of many local houses and walls etc. So it is thought that the pub could be re-built, but I somehow wonder given it has been up for sale.
Over the years I have been mapping who lived in which house in the street, and exactly 100 years ago the Wheatsheaf was owned by Mrs. Ellen Jarvis. I have a copy of an old photograph of her standing with her husband outside my neighbours house, because just at the outbreak of the 1st World War, she retired and moved into next door, she looks a kindly lady, but at the same time I wouldn't want to cross her!