Sudden closure of historic Wakefield pub

The Raven pub, Westmorland Street, Wakefield.'The public house closed it's doors unexpectantly last week.'w7715d205

The Raven pub, Westmorland Street, Wakefield.'The public house closed it's doors unexpectantly last week.'w7715d205

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MYSTERY surrounds the sudden closure of one of the city’s oldest pubs.

The Raven on Westmorland Street closed its doors last Tuesday and is currently boarded up.

But the reason behind its unexpected closure remains a mystery.

The pub is owned by Enterprise Inns, which would not reveal why the popular premises closed.

But spokeswoman Vicky Averis said: “It is not a permanent closure.

“We intend to reopen as soon as possible.

“We can reassure the local community that it is not closed for good and that we are looking for a new publican.”

Bob Wallis of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said the building dates back to the 19th century and first opened as a pub in 1922.

It was originally called the Crowther’s Vaults.

A passage way running beside the building under an archway leads to a medieval yard, which is thought to be the place where the city stocks were based.

Mr Wallis said he did not know the reason for its closure.

He said: “It has been an extremely popular pub and recently there have been lots of people going.

“Its closure is quite a surprise and I am shocked.

“Hopefully they will get someone in there soon.”

Also this week the owners of the former Spindle Tree pub on Aberford Road, Stanley, have been refused planning permission to have it demolished and rebuilt as a home.

But Wakefield Council denied consent as it lies on green belt land.

In August The Clothiers on Dewsbury Road was bulldozed after nearly 200 years in the city.

It closed earlier last year and was demolished as developers seek to build a new second-hand car showroom plus a buffet restaurant which will sell Indian and Chinese food.