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Demolition of the Oak Inn, Westbury

November 8, 2012 9:45 PM

One of Westbury's most historic buildings has been demolished to make way for a supermarket. If you want to see a medieval timber frame being pulled apart by a wrecking machine it's been recorded for posterity as a ten-minute film on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gV4G6pIoiM

The building was not listed so the demolition was perfectly legal, though campaigners believe the true age of the structure was not understood until recently, and have pointed out that a sensible compromise would have been for the developers to have allowed a detailed record to be kept of the roof structure before its undignified destruction.