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Ten From The Pub 7 – Anchors Away

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Anchor Inn, Brighouse (c1970)

 

There has been a pub next to the Anchor Bridge over the Calder and Hebble Navigation in Brighouse ever since the canal was constructed in the 1750s. For most of that time, the pub was quite reasonably called the Anchor Inn, but for some reason it was decided that it needed a new name for the twenty-first century and it was rechristened The Bridge. The current building dates back just over one hundred years and is the third on the site : the original 1750s pub was rebuilt first of all in 1859. The Anchor has a long association with music : in the early years of the twentieth century the police tried to close it down because it was guilty of “habitually employing professional female musicians“. I remember the pub best in the 1970s when Rod Marshall was the Landlord. He was a gifted jazz musician himself and succeeded in attracting a host of local – and in some cases – international jazz musicians to play at the pub. And, if the police would care to take note, I recall that a number of them were women!

Ten From The Pub 6 : Warts From A Saddle

Halifax Gala (1965)

Saddle Hotel, Market Street / Russel Street, Halifax (1965)

 

Hidden behind the undoubted delights of the Mixenden Gala Queen on the back of a lorry, is the undoubted splendour of the Saddle Hotel. When I took this photo in 1965 it was an integral part of Halifax Borough Market, but a year later it closed down, and shortly after that it was pulled down. It was replaced by the concrete monstrosity that still sits there, like a wart on the fair face of the Borough Market.

Ten From The Pub 5 : Fallen Apples

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North Bridge, Halifax (1966)

You might need to search a little to find the pub in my photo of North Bridge in the mid 1960s, but there, at the end of the bridge on the left of the picture, is the eighteenth century Pine Apple Hotel. When Burdock Way ploughed its way down the hill and over the valley a couple of years later, the Pine Apple was sadly demolished.

Ten From The Pub 4 : Wither The Withens

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WITHENS HOTEL, WAINSTALLS, HALIFAX (1965)
It is not the best of photographs, but it has a certain historical interest as this old inn was gutted by fire in 2001 and converted into a private residence soon after. That, I think, was my late sister-in-law consulting the map, and that might even be me next to her. Which means that this photograph might well have been taken by my brother and not me. All that can be said is that he is a far better sculptor than he was a photographer!

Ten From The Pub 2 : Ring Them Bells

Ring O Bells Inn, Halifax
RING O’BELLS INN, HALIFAX (1960s)

Other than a coat or two of whitewash and the addition of some in-your-face signage, little seems to have changed as far as the external appearance of the Ring O’Bells between when I took this photograph forty or fifty years ago and today. Dating back to God-knows-when (an appropriate expression as the pub used to be called “The Sign Of The Church”), the pub still nestles in the shadow of the Parish Church (Minster) for protection or for custom – or more likely for both.

Ring 'O Bells, Halifax

Ten From The Pub 1 : A Beer-Stained Citadel

A new mini-series of photographs old and new with that most glorious institution, the public house, as its theme.

Beehive and Cross Keys, Halifax
THE BEEHIVE AND CROSS KEYS, KING CROSS STREET, HALIFAX
What better way to start this visual pub crawl than with the first pub I ever bought a pint of beer in. I was moderately under-age and immoderately nervous. I put on my most adult voice and asked for a pint of beer and gave the barman one shilling and sixpence. “When did th’ last buy a pint, lad?“, he asked. “It’s one and seven now
Beehive and Cross Keys, Halifax

The current building dates from 1933 and took the place of two pubs – the Beehive and the Cross Keys – that were demolished in order to widen the road. It’s a building of style and solidity – a beer-stained citadel of good cheer.

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