Work on the first phase of a £300,000 project to transform one of the oldest pubs in the Black Country into a café and community centre has hit delays.
The Grade II listed Bell Inn, in Market Place, Willenhall, is being made wind and water-tight and a flat is being created to deal with security issues under the first phase of the scheme, which was expected to finish this month.
But developers behind the plans have revealed that the work has been delayed by at least two months due to manufacturing and structural issues.
The iconic building, which has been a pub since 1660, includes oak beams in a former hay loft which date back to the 1580s. The building survived a huge blaze known as the Great Fire of Willenhall in 1659, when 60 other buildings in the town were destroyed.