Home is where the Bird was

A PUB known as the last in Calderdale can be turned into a house, council planners have agreed.

The Bird I’th Hand is just yards from the Lancashire boundary.

It stands beside the Rochdale Road, at Steanor Bottom, Walsden, on the outskirts of Todmorden and has been for sale for the past year, with an asking prioce of nearly £200,000.

There have been 27 enquiries from potential buyers, but a significant proportion were for residential use, according to valuers Westlake and Co.

Within a three mile radius there are estimated to be 50 other pubs.

According to Westlake, the pub is compact by any standard, with womens toilets on the first floor and no provision for disabled.

The Bird I’th Hand has been a pub since the early 1800s and probably supported the engineers who built the nearby Summit railway tunnel, which, when it opened in 1839, was the longest in the world.

The pub came into its own again in 1984 when a train carrying petroleum was derailed inside the tunnel causing a dramatic fire which lasted for days.