The Cherry Tree

The Cherry Tree, Prees Heath, Shropshire

A mock half-timbered roadhouse alongside the main A41 dual carriageway south of Whitchurch. Closed for some years, it is now in a very sorry state. It was previously called the “Witch Ball”, but was renamed in more anodyne fashion.

The Bleeding Wolf

The Bleeding Wolf, Hale, Cheshire

A handsome Edwardian building that, in this prosperous stockbroker belt town, was felt to be worth more as flats than as a pub. In the past was famed for its bowling green, which was often used to stage tournaments, although in the pub’s last years it was turned into a children’s play area.

The Lord Raglan

The Lord Raglan, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire

An estate pub – by the look of it possibly 1950s additions to an older building – with a massive car park, in the town that was the birthplace of D. H. Lawrence.

The Aston Arms

The Aston Arms, Frodsham, Cheshire

The “poster pub” for this blog – an old-fashioned, multi-roomed former Greenalls pub close by the River Weaver, from the look of it dating back to around 1800. It had its own bowling green between the pub and the main road from which the picture was taken.

The Sun

The Sun, Macclesfield, Cheshire

A former Boddingtons pub just off the town centre that for a while traded as a multi-beer freehouse.

The Woodman

The Woodman, Hebden Bridge, West Riding of Yorkshire

This pub by the main road between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden has been closed for a number of years and is now in a sorry state.

Ye Olde Woolpack

Ye Olde Woolpack, Stockport, Cheshire

A former local CAMRA Pub of the Year, the final death-knell was sounded for this pub when the COOP Bank, located in the distinctive blue pyramid just across the road (visible behind the pub on the StreetView image), told their employees that, not only could they not drink alcohol at lunchtimes, but they couldn’t visit the pub at all. It still shows as trading on StreetView.

This pub is within a mile of my house and one where I have enjoyed many good pints over the years.

The Black Bear

The Black Bear, Warrington, Lancs

An attractive, rambling old pub by the side of one of the main radial routes into the town. As a small child I was often driven past this pub and I remember being taken with the idea that a pub could be named after a bear.


Williams, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs

A small local pub just outside the centre of a town that has suffered very badly from pub closures in the past few years.

The Old Dun Horse

The Old Dun Horse, Ramsbottom, Lancs

A distinctive redbrick, purpose-built pub, inter-wars by the look of it, in a mainly stone-built town.

The Floating Light

The Floating Light, Saddleworth, West Riding of Yorkshire

This solid-looking former Thwaites pub on the scenic A62 over Standedge opened in 1940 and closed around 2000. Prior to the construction of the M62, this was the main road between the Manchester area and West Yorkshire. The name comes from lights used by workers digging the canal tunnel – the longest in Britain – that runs beneath.

The White House

The White House, Stockport, Cheshire

Since the picture was taken, this former Wilsons pub has been converted into a children’s day nursery.

The Toy Box

The Toy Box, Moston, Manchester

A modern “family dining” pub that must have been built in an extremely unsuitable and ill-considered spot, as it seems to have been closed and boarded for longer than it ever was open. The Berkshire is only about one and a half miles down the road.

The Oxford Arms

The Oxford Arms, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs

A classic example of the big, freestanding, inter-wars pub, this time in stylish, modern Art Deco rather than Brewer’s Tudor. There is some Victorian housing nearby, so this can’t be classified purely as an estate pub.

The Waggon & Horses

The Waggon & Horses, Sale, Cheshire

This pub, on a busy main road not too far from the town centre, has been in this derelict condition for a number of years. Even if it has no future as a pub, it is very surprising that the site has not been redeveloped.

The Horse & Jockey

The Horse & Jockey, Whitchurch, Shropshire

A small back-street pub in the livery of the defunct Vaux brewery, hidden away round the back of the church in a Shropshire market town.

(My own picture, taken in September 2016. Little has changed in the intervening six years apart from the pub becoming steadily more derelict)

The Bullington Cross

The Bullington Cross, Hampshire

This well-known pub shares its name with the busy road junction of the A34 and A303 near Andover – indeed it is actually sited within a loop of the junction. The second view shows the barricaded road leading to the pub.

The Blue Bell

The Blue Bell, Wilmslow, Cheshire

A modern pub – presumably a rebuild of an older one – in a prosperous residential area. Once a Boddingtons house, it’s been a Majestic Wine Warehouse for a number of years now. The BMW dealership across the road takes its name from the former pub.

The Dinorben Arms

The Dinorben Arms, Bodfari, Flintshire

Although from the front it appears fairly modest, this pub had been greatly extended at the rear. For many years it featured in the Good Pub Guide and enjoyed a reputation as a destination dining venue.

Edit 8 June 2017: As reported in the comments, this pub has now reopened under the auspices of Brunning & Price.

The Brown Cow

The Brown Cow, Scammonden, West Riding of Yorkshire

An attractive stone-built country pub that, from the look of the signage, has received fairly recent investment. Just up the road from the spectacular bridge carrying the B6114 over the M62.