Blaze damages Gloucester's 15th century the New Inn

08 May 2018 by
Blaze damages Gloucester's 15th century the New Inn

One of England's most historic pubs was badly damaged in a fire in the early hours of the May Day bank holiday.

All 50 guests staying at the New Inn in Gloucester were safely evacuated from the Grade I-listed building, which is believed to be the most complete surviving example of a medieval courtyard inn with galleries. Two guests received assistance from officers from the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, with all the guests relocated to the nearby Station hotel and New County Inn.

Ten fire engines attended the blaze which started on the ground floor just before 1am and spread through the three storey building, causing damage to 20% of the roof.

Andy Hermiston, deputy chief fire officer, said: "This was a large fire in one of Gloucester's oldest buildings; our crews did a brilliant job and tackling it quickly and safely. At the moment the investigations into cause are still ongoing."

The New Inn is a timber frame building, dating back to 1450. The announcement of Lady Jane Grey's succession to the throne was made from the Inn gallery in 1553.

As well as proving hotel accommodation, it also has the Grill restaurant, three bars and an events space for up to 80 guests.

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