Monday 23 October 2023

Squire supports ‘Save The Crooked House’ campaigners with heavy-duty donation

British security manufacturer Squire is helping campaigners preserve the treasured remains of an iconic Black Country pub by donating heavy-duty security.

Once known as ‘Britain’s wonkiest inn,’ the 18th century Crooked House pub in Himley, Staffordshire was burnt down and then demolished in August.

Now campaigners, who are hoping to get the pub rebuilt, have put aside 25,000 of its original bricks in storage containers.

The containers will be made secure by Squire’s premium range, super heavy-duty Stronghold padlocks, including a WS75R1 and an SS80CR1 with a TC14/4 chain.

These special R1 versions are purpose-designed with restricted section high security keys.

Built in 1765, The Crooked House, was a much-loved venue made famous by its slanting floors and wonky appearance, the result of mining subsidence.

Squire’s heavy-duty padlocks were handed over to campaigners on a special visit to Squire’s UK factory near Wolverhampton.

During their factory tour, campaigners along with Dudley North MP Marco Longhi, were invited to try their hand at lock assembly.

And they saw the new padlocks being manufactured by Squire’s state-of-the-art CNC machines.

CEO John Squire explained the significant joint heritage of the two businesses:

“Being a Black Country manufacturing company with more than 240 years of history, we're really proud to be able to support the Crooked House campaign group.  It's a huge privilege for us.

“The Crooked House was built just 15 years before Squire was founded (in 1780), at the time of the Industrial Revolution, surviving world wars and epidemics, it's amazing.

“I admire how the group is volunteering their time and efforts in preserving the great heritage of this region, that’s why we’re absolutely delighted to offer our help.”

Squire has been at the forefront of international lock-making since 1780, with a great British manufacturing history carried down through eight generations.

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