Charles Dickens' favourite pub Crispin and Crispianus up for sale
The Crispin and
Crispianus after it was badly damaged by a fire
An historic pub that was once the favourite local of Charles
Dickens has gone on the market for just £65,000.
The Crispin and Crispianus pub in Strood was once frequented by
the literary icon and provided inspiration for his colourful
Dickens was said to sit in the corner drinking ale while people
watching in order to better understand the intricacies of human
The pub featured in his book the Uncommercial Traveller, where
he described how travelling workers would stay there.
Dickens lived in nearby Chatham as a child before
relocating to London with his family.
He then moved back to Higham in later
life and chose The Crispin and Crispianus as his regular haunt.
Despite its rich history the 17th century pub ran into
difficulties and had to close down in September 2010.
It is now structurally unstable after a devastating fire in
March 2011 and has to be regularly inspected by council
But vendors hope someone will breathe new life into the venue
and its rare place in literary history.
Auctioneer John Stockey said: "There is no doubt this is a
challenging project for any new owner with substantial works
"But as a positive there are no ghosts of Christmas past we are
aware of sitting at the bar."
The pub has been owned for 12 years by property firm Middle Hill
Building, which paid £175,000 for it in October 2000.
It is due to be auctioned off along with the car park and beer
garden, at the Kent Showground in Detling on Monday December
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