Aftermath of blaze at Axe and Compasses pub in Arkesden

Pictures show the devastating aftermath of a blaze that ripped through a much-loved pub on the Essex-Hertfordshire border on Mother’s Day. Aerial images reveal the extent of the damage following a large fire at the Axe and Compasses pub in Arkesden at around 11.30am on Sunday (March 27). The 17th century building's thatched roof, first floor and rear side have collapsed and all 150 pre-prepared Mother’s Day meals were lost. Ten fire crews from Essex and Hertfordshire were called out to the incident. Three firefighting units from Saffron Walden attended the scene, along with crews from Royston, Buntingford, Bishop's Stortford, Newport, Stansted and Harlow.