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The Crook Inn is an inn in the Scottish Borders, near the village of Tweedsmuir on the A701 road between Broughton and Moffat. It is one of many claimants to be the oldest inn in Scotland. It was licensed in 1604. Robert Burns wrote "Willie Wastle's Wife" there. It has served as a coaching inn, a Post Office and source of employment. In the early 20th century a halt was built on the Talla Railway to serve it. The inn attracted much passing trade from the labourers who were building the Talla Reservoir, which the railway was built to serve.

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  • Der Crook Inn ist mehr als 400 Jahre alt und gilt als der älteste voll lizenzierte Pub in Schottland. Er liegt nördlich des kleinen Ortes Tweedsmuir im Tal des Tweed in der Region Scottish Borders, etwa 45 Kilometer südlich von Edinburgh. Der Gasthof wurde 1604 gegründet und war damals Postkutschenstation an einem der Hauptverbindungswege zwischen Edinburgh und Moffat (heutige Straße: A701), bzw. zwischen Schottland und England. Während des Katholikenaufstandes Ende des 17. Jahrhunderts wurde der Crook Inn zu einem Treffpunkt und Versteck der Presbyterianer. In der ursprünglichen Küche des Inn mit dem Original-Steinboden ist heute die Bar im Stile des frühen 17. Jahrhunderts. Ansonsten wurde der Crook Inn 1936 im Art-déco-Stil modernisiert. Der schottische Dichter Robert Burns hat den Crook Inn regelmäßig besucht und schrieb hier sein Gedicht „Willie Wastles Wife“. Auch Sir Walter Scott und der wenige Kilometer entfernt geborene John Buchan, 1. Baron Tweedsmuir ließen sich in ihren Werken von der Landschaft um Crook Inn inspirieren. In den 1890er Jahren war er Treffpunkt von Arbeitern, die für die Neuanlage der Talsperre des eine Bahnstrecke bauten. Das Wasseramt in Edinburgh hatte den See in den Bergen bei Tweedsmuir als Standort für ein neues Wasserreservoir zur Versorgung der Bürger Edinburghs ausgesucht. Das Material für den Staudamm musste vom Endpunkt der Bahn mit Hilfe eines Seilzuges vor Ort gebracht werden. Einer der Geldgeber des Bahnprojektes, John Best, war auch Mitinhaber des Crook Inn. Jeden Freitag strömten die Arbeiter (viele von ihnen aus Irland) in das Wirtshaus, um ihren gerade erhaltenen Lohn auszugeben – wodurch ihr Arbeitgeber ein Großteil seiner Ausgaben gleich wieder einnahm. (de)
  • The Crook Inn is an inn in the Scottish Borders, near the village of Tweedsmuir on the A701 road between Broughton and Moffat. It is one of many claimants to be the oldest inn in Scotland. It was licensed in 1604. Robert Burns wrote "Willie Wastle's Wife" there. It has served as a coaching inn, a Post Office and source of employment. In the early 20th century a halt was built on the Talla Railway to serve it. The inn attracted much passing trade from the labourers who were building the Talla Reservoir, which the railway was built to serve. The hotel was refurbished in 1936 in the then-current Art Deco style, and retains many of the features installed at that time. It has also, over the years, become a place of pilgrimage for members of the Porteous family, visiting the site of nearby Hawkshaw, their former ancestral home on the hills above Tweeddale and the Fruid Reservoir. A reunion of Porteous family members was traditionally held at the inn every five years, attracting visitors from all over the world. The proposals to convert the historic inn into apartments met with much local opposition and the plans were rejected by the councillors of Tweeddale West in March 2008. Following refusal the present owner lodged an appeal with the Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA), a department of the Scottish Government. On 2 February 2009, following an appeal hearing on 18 November 2008, a decision notice was issued by the DPEA which finally dismissed the appeal. This meant that planning permission was not granted for the change of use of the historic Crook Inn to residential accommodation, giving scope for the inn to reopen once again if it could be purchased. In January 2013, after a lengthy campaign by the Tweedsmuir community to secure ownership of the Crook Inn in order to reinvigorate it, the Tweedsmuir Community Company raised the asking price of £160,000 and bought the property. The Tweedsmuir Community Company obtained a Development Grant from Big Lottery in 2014 to redesign and renovate the historic Crook Inn, with designs undertaken by WTArchitecture, Edinburgh. The plans obtained planning permission in 2015. The rest of the land at the site was purchased in 2015 with grants from the Scottish Land Fund, SSE Clyde Border and the Infinis Glenkerie Community Funds. Grants are being sought to create a multi-faceted Crook Inn Community Hub to serve the Upper Tweed community and tourism. Since then nothing has happened and the building continues to deteriorate. It is listed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. (en)
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  • Der Crook Inn ist mehr als 400 Jahre alt und gilt als der älteste voll lizenzierte Pub in Schottland. Er liegt nördlich des kleinen Ortes Tweedsmuir im Tal des Tweed in der Region Scottish Borders, etwa 45 Kilometer südlich von Edinburgh. Der schottische Dichter Robert Burns hat den Crook Inn regelmäßig besucht und schrieb hier sein Gedicht „Willie Wastles Wife“. Auch Sir Walter Scott und der wenige Kilometer entfernt geborene John Buchan, 1. Baron Tweedsmuir ließen sich in ihren Werken von der Landschaft um Crook Inn inspirieren. (de)
  • The Crook Inn is an inn in the Scottish Borders, near the village of Tweedsmuir on the A701 road between Broughton and Moffat. It is one of many claimants to be the oldest inn in Scotland. It was licensed in 1604. Robert Burns wrote "Willie Wastle's Wife" there. It has served as a coaching inn, a Post Office and source of employment. In the early 20th century a halt was built on the Talla Railway to serve it. The inn attracted much passing trade from the labourers who were building the Talla Reservoir, which the railway was built to serve. (en)
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