The Cross Green

The Cross Green, Leeds, Yorkshire

The pub that actually bears the name of the district, the premises now being occupied by “Badboy Burgers”.

The Spring Close

The Spring Close, Leeds, Yorkshire

A small backstreet pub, still in Tetley’s livery, which was one of the last pubs to close in the East Leeds area of Cross Green. Note the horse grazing on the adjacent patch of waste ground on the StreetView image.

The Hampton

The Hampton, Leeds, Yorkshire

Another from the Cross Green area of East Leeds, this is a white-painted Victorian pub at right angles to the road in the shadow of a block of modern flats.

The Yew Tree

The Yew Tree, Leeds, Yorkshire

Another in the Cross Green area of East Leeds, a white-painted pub with a single-storey extension at the front.

The Bridgefield Hotel

The Bridgefield Hotel, Leeds, Yorkshire

This is the first in a series of pubs in the East Leeds area of Cross Green submitted by local reader Kyle Reed. In recent years the area has been completely denuded of its pubs. There are some memories of better days here. It is an impressive triangular inter-wars pub with stone detailing on the facade.

The Shawes Arms

The Shawes Arms, Preston, Lancashire

An old pub in an attractive situation next to the bridge taking London Road over the River Ribble. After several years of closure, it is now going to be converted to an eatery.

The Squinting Cat

The Squinting Cat, Leeds, Yorkshire

Another characteristic post-war pub on the Swarcliffe estate on the eastern side of the city, fronted by an enormous car park. The image dates back to 2012 – it has since been replaced with, you’ve guessed it, flats.

The Royal George

The Royal George, Shifnal, Shropshire

This modern pub at the north end of the main street of this small Shropshire town has now been converted into a Co-op convenience store. Earlier images on StreetView show it still open as a pub.

The Crown

The Crown, Leeds, Yorkshire

A distinctive pub in the angle of two roads on the south-east edge of the city centre close to the Royal Armouries museum, which has been closed for many years. It stands in the shadow of an angular modern office building.

The Golden Lion Royal

The Golden Lion Royal, Dolgellau, Merioneth

A stone-built former two-star hotel in a back street in this rather dour little Welsh market town.

(My own picture)

The Omnibus

The Omnibus, Leeds, Yorkshire

An unusually austere-looking 1950s pub on the giant Middleton estate on the southern side of the city, now planned for conversion to a care home.

The Ram Jam Inn

The Ram Jam Inn, Stretton, Rutland

A historic stone-built coaching inn and famous landmark on the A1 between Stamford and Grantham, once allegedly frequented by Dick Turpin. Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band took their name from this inn, which was a regular stop-off for musicians in the 1960s when touring the UK. It is the first pub featured on this blog in the county of Rutland.

The Marlborough

The Marlborough, Small Heath, Birmingham

A three-storey redbrick pub with a prominent clock tower in the sharp angle of two streets on the eastern side of the city.

The Ostrich

The Ostrich, South Creake, Norfolk

A roadside pub in a small village in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, latterly renamed the Plume of Feathers. There are now fears that it will be converted to housing. Still open – as the Ostrich – on the StreetView image dating from 2011.

The High Bank

The High Bank, Openshaw, Manchester

A modern pub just off Ashton Old Road in East Manchester, built by Boddingtons in the 1960s to replace an earlier one of the same name.

The Old English Gentleman

The Old English Gentleman, Harston, Cambridgeshire

Prominently situated in the fork of two roads on the A10 south of Cambridge, this pub didn’t prove a success as an Indian restaurant either, and is now planned for conversion to a convenience store.

The Folly

The Folly, Ackleton, Shropshire

A roadside pub on the B4176 between Dudley and Telford which is known locally at the “Rabbit Run”. Its closure back in 2011 was blamed on excessive rents from Marston’s: it doesn’t look as though it’s been open since then.

The Mile House

The Mile House, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham

A large inter-wars pub on a main road on the north side of the town. It’s still open on StreetView in 2017, but since then has deteriorated to the extent that the local MP has called it a dangerous eyesore.

The Sneyd Arms

The Sneyd Arms, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

A distinctive “flat iron” pub in the sharp angle of two roads on the west side of the city, that eventually become “Harry Ramjams” Indian restaurant.

The Bird in Hand

The Bird in Hand, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

A substantial inter-wars pub on a main road to the north of the town centre. It still looks fairly spick-and-span on the StreetView image from last year, but it closed in November 2018, although a community group is aiming to reopen it.

The Halfway House

The Halfway House, Bontddu, Merioneth

A rather impressive former Robinson’s pub on the scenic road between Barmouth and Dolgellau along the north side of the Mawddach estuary.

The Fleece

The Fleece, North Cotes, Lincolnshire

A substantial mock-Tudor roadside pub in a small village a few miles south of Grimsby, once tied to Hewitts Brewery. Still open on the StreetView image, which has not been updated since 2010.

The Criterion

The Criterion, Gloucester

A long-closed Georgian pub on a side street just south of the city centre.

(My own picture)

The Mermaid

The Mermaid, Handforth, Cheshire

A typical 1960s pub on a Manchester overspill estate just over the Cheshire boundary, which backs on to the main railway line between Stockport and Wilmslow.

The Seven Stars

The Seven Stars, Helston, Cornwall

An old pub on the broad, sloping Coinagehall Street which has streams of fresh water flowing down either side. WhatPub describes it as mainly appealing to a younger clientele, but it seems that it was unable to complete agains the nearby Blue Anchor, the historic home-brew house, which is just a few doors down, and the new Wetherspoon’s opposite.

(My own picture)

The King’s Head

The King’s Head, Ore, East Sussex

A substantial white-painted roadside pub situated to the east of Hastings. The pub itself isn’t boarded up, but the extensive car park is fenced off – surely ripe for residential redevelopment.

The Oswestrian

The Oswestrian, Oswestry, Shropshire

A substantial cream-painted pub facing a small square on the southern edge of the town centre that was previously Oswestry Conservative Club.

(My own picture)

The Iron Duke

The Iron Duke, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

A distinctive Art Deco pub bearing Whitbread livery at the north end of the town’s promenade that is now a Grade II listed building. Although the style is very much 1930s, it was in fact built in 1948 as a showpiecepub for local brewery Lacons. The road at the side is Jellicoe Way, suggesting a First World War naval theme, HMS Iron Duke having been Jellicoe’s flagship at Jutland.

The King’s Head

The King’s Head, Wells, Somerset

An old brick-built pub in the picturesque main street of England’s smallest city. I don’t know the history, but surely this is an entirely viable location, unless it is slated for retail conversion.

(My own picture)

The Monson Arms

The Monson Arms, Lincoln

A typical post-war pub on the south-west side of the city, although its appearance suggests family dining, not just an estate boozer.

The Highfield

The Highfield, Blacon, Cheshire

Another characteristic inter-wars pub on a large housing estate on the western side of the city of Chester.

The Broughton Arms

The Broughton Arms, Balterley Heath, Staffordshire

A former Greenalls pub, prominently situated on a road junction just on the Staffordshire side of the border with Cheshire. Still open on the StreetView image, which dates from 2011. Not far from the Rising Sun at Shraley Brook.

(My own picture)

The Trafalgar

The Trafalgar, King Cross, Yorkshire

A small stone-built pub on the south-west side of Halifax. Planning permission has been obtained for a restaurant/takeaway.

The Barge & Bridge

The Barge & Bridge, Atherstone, Warwickshire

A free-standing pub with a hint of Tudor styling in its architecture, situated between the canal and the railway. Since the photo was taken it has been demolished. It was originally called the Westwood House Hotel.

The Queensferry Hotel

The Queensferry Hotel, Queensferry, Flintshire

An impressive inter-wars pub next to the old bridge on the original main road into North Wales. Part of the bridge is just visible to the right of the pub. Like the Hawarden Castle across the river, this must once have attracted plenty of trade from trippers caught in the notorious traffic queues.

The Office

The Office, Bradford, Yorkshire

A substantial stone-built free house in a run-down industrial area on the north-west side of the city. The name – which presumably is not the original – offers an obvious opportunity for the excuse “Sorry, but I had to stay late at the office.”

The Victory

The Victory, Bolton, Lancashire

A monumental redbrick pub in an area of Victorian terraced housing on the north-west side of the town. Originally built by Magee Marshall, and later passed into the hands of Greenall Whitley. It is now planned for conversion to flats and retail use.

The Wellington

The Wellington, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire

A small stone-built roadside pub on the steep hill linking Sowerby Bridge with Halifax, which was closed following a fatal fire.

The Boar's Head

The Boar’s Head, Ewloe, Flintshire

A white-painted pub that looks to be in Greenall’s livery, standing at a junction on a now bypassed stretch of the former A55. It is planned to be demolished and replaced with yet another block of flats.

The Pump Room

The Pump Room, Halifax, Yorkshire

A substantial stone-built corner pub on a road junction near the railway station on the south side of the town centre. The image dates back to 2014, and it It has subsequently been demolished for a planned redevelopment scheme that never happened, leaving the site still vacant. The building to the left was formerly a garage and not part of the pub.