Proposed alterations for historic Welwyn Hatfield pub

PUBLISHED: 07:47 04 September 2016

Crooked Chimney pub

Crooked Chimney pub


The owners of one of Welwyn Hatfield’s oldest and most distinctive pubs are planning to breath new life into it with a structural refurbishment.

Mitchells and Butlers, which runs The Crooked Chimney through its Vintage Inns trading label, has made a planning application for internal and external changes.

Located near Lemsford, on the corner of Marford Road and Coleman Green Lane, The Crooked Chimney was built in the seventeenth century as a farmhouse, but has been a pub or inn since 1756.

Formerly known as The Chequers, it was named after its distinctive chimney in 1968.

The pub is grade II listed, but the company’s application claims the refurbishment will be “sympathetic to the nature and history of the property”.

The proposed project includes removal of a small internal wall in the bar area to free up space, and addition of timber floorboards near the fireplace.

A new entrance to the back garden, now accessed only through the pub, will link it directly on a paved path with Marford Road.

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