The Burn Naze pub in Gamble Road was suddenly shut down towards the end of 2019.
It was then sold to Manchester-based housing firm Mangrove Estates, which intends to build a block of 24 apartments on the site.
The council received a planning application to knock down the building from the company in March 2021, in the hopes of work being carried out in April 2021.
The application was thrown out after community group Save the Burn Naze Pub successfully campaigned to have the building listed as a 'community asset'.
We sent a photographer to the old pub to take a look at the site as demolition work began:
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