Inside one of England's highest pubs where a fire has been burning for 174 years

Take a look inside one of England's highest pubs where a fire has been burning continuously in the hearth - for a staggering 174 YEARS.

The traditional Warren House Inn in Dartmoor, Devon is more than a mile from the nearest farm.

A blaze has been smouldering in the grate next to the bar since 1845 despite its isolation - and has never once looked like going out.

The pub, run by Peter Parsons and his wife Janet, burns through a staggering amount of logs each month.

The pair have estimated they use an amazing three Transit vans full of wood - and they're not cheap.

Peter's first job every morning is to shake the ash from the glowing embers and chuck on another few logs to get it roaring again - even in summer.

The tradition harks back to the days when the pub was an essential shelter for the tin miners who relied on the constant fire to warm them up any time of the day.

But Peter said he'll never stop tending the fire which folklore says could be even older - and was transferred there from the grate of a former pub across the road.

The dad-of-two said: "It's still going strong - it's still eating trees every month!

"It's very easy to keep going; it's a fairly easy process.

"At night you bank the fire down, put ash on top of it to keep the heat in. In the morning you shake it off and put a couple of logs in and off it goes.

"You have to get good quality timber - it's more cost effective. It's not a roaring fire all year but it's always there.

"There's always someone on the premises [to watch it]. It's too isolated a pub to leave empty."

The pub, located in Dartmoor National Park, was built in 1845 when it replaced the original building which stood on the opposite side of the road.

Sat at the side of a B3212, between Postbridge and Lettaford, it is 1,425ft above sea level making it one of the highest in England.

Locals say the peat fire there was 'always in' and folklore claims the then-landlord transferred smoldering peat from the original building, to the hearth in the new one.

The fire is passed from landlord to landlord, with each taking on responsibility to keep it burning - and to pass on to another who will do the same.

Photographs by drinkers and landlords throughout the years have recorded the fire, and captioned the photos with the increasing years.

There is also a second fire which burns in the winter - although that one is extinguished in the summer so it doesn't get too hot.

Peter claims he has never even had a close call when it comes to getting the fire roaring again after leaving it overnight.

Speaking previously, he said: "Some days are more difficult than others, if the logs are wet or the wind isn't drawing properly.

"People appreciate knowing it will always be on when they come in.

"They even come in during summer to check it's still going - to check I'm still going perhaps - but it always is.

"Even in those two days a year we can call summer it's going - even if it's just chucking a couple of little logs on to keep it smoldering."

He added he doesn't know how much it costs to run exactly, but said his logs cost him "thousands" of pounds a year.

Most of them come from local suppliers, but local tree surgeons also donate large pieces of wood when they can.

The pub is totally self-sufficient with electricity coming from two diesel generators and water from an underground spring.

The fire was used to light the nearby Dartmoor Millennium beacon on New Years' Eve in 1999.