PICTURES: Brand new roof for Bamber Bridge's historic Hob Inn after fire

One of Lancashire’s oldest pubs is getting a new hairdo six months after its historic thatched roof was damaged in a blaze.

By Iain Lynn
Thursday, 4th April 2019, 1:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th April 2019, 2:09 pm
The Hob Inn in Bamber Bridge
The Hob Inn in Bamber Bridge

Experts have been called in by the owners of Ye Olde Hob Inn at Bamber Bridge to re-thatch the 400-year-old building and make it look as good as new.

The Grade II Listed pub was built around 1616
It was closed indefinitely after the fire in late September last year

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The blaze broke out in a chimney and spread to part of the thatch
More than 30 firefighters spent three hours at the scene
Firefighters used special fog spikes to punch holes in the roof and inject a fine water mist to make sure the blaze had been fully extinguished.
Traffic had to be diverted away from the scene.
But it is now set to look as good as new as the thatchers complete their painstaking work.
A spokesperson for Star Pubs and Bars said: The work at Ye Olde Hob Inn is progressing well"
"We hope to be in a position to reopen the pub in late spring or early summer with a new licensee at the helm.
The blaze was brought under control in around two-and-a-half hours with crews isolating a corner of the roof and preventing the fire from spreading further.
Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes, heather, or palm branches
The vegetation is layered so as to shed water away from the inner roof.
Since the bulk of the vegetation stays dry and is densely packedtrapping airthatching also functions as insulation.
It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates
Thatch is still employed by builders in developing countries, usually with low-cost local vegetation
Thatch is not as flammable as many people believe. It burns slowly, "like a closed book," thatchers say.
Because thatch is lighter, less timber is required in the roof that supports it.