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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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15ft-deep hole opens up outside Carlisle pub

A van driver got the fright of his life when he drove onto a paved area outside a derelict Carlisle pub.

Hole photo
The hole outside the Railway Inn, Carlisle

For a 15ft-deep hole opened up beneath one of his wheels, leaving the vehicle teetering on the brink outside the Railway Inn at the edge of the pavement on London Road.

Fortunately, the driver was able to pull his van out of harm’s way. But the hole, several feet wide and now safely fenced off, remains, revealing part of the cellar beneath the former pub.

Chris Crouch, 38, who works at HSS Hire opposite the pub building, said: “Tradesmen have often parked outside the front of the pub.

“I’ve been told that somebody parked there and found their van teetering on the edge of the hole.

“It’s not a sink hole. It’s just the cellar that’s caved in.”

Several of the sandstone slabs which originally formed part of the forecourt have tumbled into the cellar, along with other debris.

Locals who live near the pub say it became a regular haunt for homeless people after it closed some years ago. Formerly a hotel serving the city’s original railway station, it became one of Carlisle’s best known pubs.

Much of the building is now semi-derelict.

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