Cornwall

Auction sale for Cawsand's Old Ship Inn

Inside the former pub
Image caption The pub was empty for four years before the fire

The site of a pub in south east Cornwall which was gutted by fire has been sold at auction in London.

The Old Ship Inn at Cawsand was devastated by the blaze on 5 October 2013.

Auctioneers Harman Healy said the site "may be suitable for a variety of uses, subject to any necessary consents".

The property, which had a guide price of £75,000 - £100,000, fetched £102,000.

A spokesman for Harman Healy said the bank which owned the site would "probably be quite happy".

Image caption The Old Ship Inn was devastated by the blaze on 5 October 2013

English Heritage records show the building was built around 1750.

Over the years it is believed to have hosted many famous people including Admiral Lord Nelson.

In the 1930s the landlord of the pub was a friend of the Lancashire star Gracie Fields, who visited the area.

The pub was empty for four years before the fire.

More than 60 firefighters battled alongside local people to try and save the building.

The pub was in the middle of a terraced row and crews had to pump water directly from the sea to prevent the fire spreading.

One local resident described it as a "crying shame that it fell into disrepair."

Clive Davies, from the Rame with Maker Parish Council, said its members were "delighted" something would be done with the building.

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