England’s Oldest Pub, Possibly 1,229 Years Old, Shuts Its Doors

From a Washington Post story by Annabelle Timsit headlined “England’s oldest pub, possibly 1,229 years old, shuts doors do to coronavirus hardships”:

LONDON – The Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub in St. Albans, England, has seen it all: Since its first brick was laid, possibly as early as 793, near the ruins of an ancient Roman city well before the United Kingdom was formed, the drinking house has survived civil and world wars, famine and the spread of the bubonic plague.

But hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic mean the pub — which Guinness World Records has reportedly called England’s oldest, though others contest that title — is shutting its doors.