Two years after terrible fire: Famous Devon pub reopened


Two years ago, a celebrated and famous Devon pub was engulfed by a huge fire. But they recently reopened to the public.

In 2017, on Valentine’s Day eve, a huge disastrous fire destroyed the 13th Century Bell Inn located at Parkham, North of Devon.

In a matter of hours, the fire rapidly spread throughout the building, rescinding everything in its wake including the inn’s thatched roof.

The timeworn cob walls of the inn continued to burn even for the next three days.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Department deployed more than 80 firefighters to help extinguish the flame while saving the fittings, pictures, and furniture found inside the burning building. These items are now safely stowed and are now recycled to help reconstruct the famous pub.

Michael and Rachel Sanders, owners of the 13th Century Bell, have worked hand-in-hand with the English Heritage to help rebuild the destroyed building. Both parties ensured to bring back the ambiance and feel of the old pub while also innovating new ideas and designs.

The past two years have been rough for the owners. The reopening couldn’t have been made possible without the help of their friends and family, said Michael.

The 13th Bell Inn is back in the map once again, and they could never have been so excited, Michael added.

Mrs. Johns, who turned 101 years old this year, feels honoured to make the ceremonial cutting. She lived opposite the Inn for most of her life, even her husband once worked there. So it’s only just to decide that she make the ribbon cutting ceremony as the pub marks its place in the people’s hearts once again.

The ribbon cutting event will happen on Wednesday, 13th of February at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be served free of charge starting noontime.


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