The Railway

The Railway, Pudsey, Yorkshire

An unusual small mock-Tudor roadside pub, now converted for residential use. It takes its name from a long-closed branch of the Great Northern Railway running through the southern fringes of the town.

The Farmers Arms

The Farmers Arms, Cheadle Heath, Cheshire

A large Edwardian pub situated a couple of miles west of Stockport town centre in the angle of two main roads. It was put up for sale by owners Greene King in late 2019 and never reopened after the first lockdown. The large car park makes it a prime redevelopment opportunity. Surrounded by extensive areas of housing, it was the only pub for half a mile or more in any direction. (Photo courtesy of John Clarke)

The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn, Belle Vale, Liverpool

A large inter-wars pub in the Belle Vale area on the eastern side of the city, which appears to predate the surrounding housing.

The Barge

The Barge, Basildon, Essex

A large white-painted pub in the fork of two roads on the southern side of the town close to the Thames estuary, hence the name. There are currently proposals to convert it into a mosque and community centre.

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak, Kippax, Yorkshire

An imposing Georgian-style pub on the bend of a road in this large village to the east of Leeds.

The Puffing Billy

The Puffing Billy, Smethwick, Staffordshire

A post-war estate-style pub in a back street location close to the Birmingham border. Its licence was revoked following a fatal stabbing in 2015, and there are now plans to demolish the derelict building, presumably for redevelopment as housing.

The Skinners Arms

The Skinners Arms, Leeds, Yorkshire

A substantial Jacobean-style pub alongside a widened main road on the north side of the city, next to what looks like a row of back-to-back houses.

The Downsman

The Downsman, Hove, Sussex

A cottage-style inter-wars pub with a steeply-pitched roof and dormer windows, in an estate on the north side of the town close to the South Downs. It has since been demolished to be replaced by housing.

The Wagon & Horses

The Wagon & Horses, Oldham, Lancashire

A mock-Tudor pub on the edge of the town heading out on the main road towards Ripponden and Halifax. It later went through various incarnations as as Asian restaurant, as shown on the picture, but has since been demolished and replaced by housing.

The Allan Fold

The Allan Fold, King Cross, Yorkshire

A substantial stone-built pub to the south-west of Halifax commanding a view over the Calder Valley. It later reopend as the Hills View Hotel before closing again. The building next door with a pub-type sign but resembling a Victorian school is the King Cross Working Men’s Club.

The Battle Inn

The Battle Inn, Reading, Berkshire

A white-painted street-corner pub on the western side of the town that has gone through various incarnations in recent years, including a spell as a Polish-themed bar called Gospoda.

The Black Greyhound

The Black Greyhound, Wincham, Cheshire

A large inter-wars roadhouse on a crossroads to the east of Northwich, that once had a reputation for upmarket food.

The Tramways Hotel

The Tramways Hotel, Sheffield, Yorkshire

A distinctive street-corner pub on the south side of the city centre close to Bramall Lane football ground. The corner shows an image of a post-war Sheffield tram. Apart from Blackpool, Sheffield was the last town or city in England to operate trams until their revival in recent years.

The Angel

The Angel, Bewdley, Worcestershire

A Brewers’ Tudor pub close to the bridge over the Severn, now converted to a Tesco Express. Surely there was no lack of footfall in this prime tourist location.

The Crown

The Crown, Leeds, Yorkshire

A large inter-wars pub with a tiled frontage on a corner site in the shadow of some tall blocks of flats, just a couple of doors down from the Beech. Now used as a dietary supplements shop.

The Izaak Walton

The Izaak Walton, Cresswell, Stafforshire

A country pub to the south-east of Stoke-on-Trent, once a Burtonwood tied house also serving Draught Bass and a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide. Now undergoing conversion to a private house. Still open on StreetView.

(My own picture)

The Castle Inn

The Castle Inn, Highley, Shropshire

A roadside pub, now in a very poor state of repair, in this large former mining village on the western side of the Severn, which has a station on the Severn Valley Railway. Still open on the StreetView image, which I guess is quite a few years old. The wording on the gable end reads “The Turret Restaurant”. There is another pub tucked away off the road to the left called the Malt Shovel, which is still open.

(My own picture)

The Sandpiper

The Sandpiper, Sandbach, Cheshire

A four-square former Robinson’s pub on the south-east side of the town on the main road heading towards Stoke, now converted to a Co-op convenience store. Only a couple of miles away from the New Inn.

The Staging Post

The Staging Post, Leeds, Yorkshire

Another functional post-war estate pub in the Swarcliffe area of the city, now used as a carpet and furniture clearance outlet. Despite having a population of nearly 7,000, the Swarcliffe estate is now completely devoid of pubs.

The Crown & Sceptre

The Crown & Sceptre, Acol, Kent

A three-storey pub facing the green in the east Kent village that gives its name to a bidding system in bridge.

The Merchants Arms

The Merchants Arms, Bristol, Gloucestershire

A large inter-wars Art Deco pub on the north-east side of the city in the shadow of the M32, that most recently traded as a Hungry Horse.

The Whinmoor

The Whinmoor, Leeds, Yorkshire

A functional single-storey post-war pub on the Swarcliffe estate on the east side of the city.

The Great Western

The Great Western, Warwick

An ornate Victorian pub at the entrance to Warwick station, now an an advanced state of dereliction.

The Beech Hotel

The Beech Hotel, Leeds, Yorkshire

A compact 1930s pub in the Wortley district on the south-west side of the city, built in 1931 for the local Melbourne Brewery, later taken over by Tetley’s. The StreetView image dates from 2014, but fortunately it has since reopend and still merits a place on CAMRA’s National Inventory of historic pub interiors.

The Nag's Head

The Nag’s Head, Bridge Trafford, Cheshire

Another large and once smart 1930s roadhouse on the A56 between Helsby and Chester, a couple of miles down the road from the Wheatsheaf, and from the same school of design. Now Neptune Home Accessories & Furniture.

The Bowling Green

The Bowling Green, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester

Despite being in a busy area close to the University and Manchester Royal Infirmary, with many student flats nearby, this former Greenall’s pub wasn’t able to survive. It has since been demolished.

The Wellington

The Wellington, Leeds, Yorkshire

A neat inter-wars pub on a busy main road to the south of the city centre. The premises are now used as an orthodontic centre.

The Double Barrel

The Double Barrel, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

A post-war pub on an estate of owner-occupied housing on the south side of the town, now converted to a Co-op convenience store.

The New Inn

The New Inn, Betchton, Cheshire

A former Marston’s pub standing on a rural crossroads on the main road between Sandbach and Kidsgrove. It is now used as offices, but looks quite appealing on the 2009 view.

The Lorimers Arms

The Lorimers Arms, Collyhurst, Manchester

A classic 1960s estate pub in a redeveloped area on the north side of the city, now converted to a religious centre.

The Norfolk Arms

The Norfolk Arms, Sheffield, Yorkshire

An impressive late Victorian or Edwardian tiled pub with a curved frontage, in an industrial area on the north-eastern side of the city. Apparently the building is now used as a sauna.

The Lord Kelvin

The Lord Kelvin, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

An old pub with a more modern facade, situated on the eastern fringe of the town centre near the station. I’m not aware of any connection between the famous Victorian scientist and King’s Lynn.

The Nell Gwynne

The Nell Gwynne, Hereford

A small corner pub with a rounded facade in a back street near the station, formerly called the British Oak. I stayed the night here on a CAMRA trip many years ago. It has since been converted to flats.

The Albion

The Albion, Burnage, Manchester

A large inter-wars mock-Tudor Hyde’s pub in an area of council housing on the south side of the city. I’m not sure whether it is permanently closed or just boarded up “for the duration”, although it has given the impression of living on borrowed time for quite a white. Just down the road from the Green End, which has been demolished since I wrote that blogpost and the site redeveloped for housing.

(My own picture)

The Wheatsheaf

The Wheatsheaf, Dunham-on-the-Hill, Cheshire

A characteristic large 1930s roadhouse, once owned by Greenall’s, on what was the busy main road between Warrington and Chester before being bypassed by the M56. In times past it was a very smart and popular pub with a good reputation for food. The StreetView images suggest that it closed some time between the summers of 2018 and 2019.

(My own picture - the first closed pub bagged as we emerge from lockdown)

The Corner Pin

The Corner Pin, Sheffield, Yorkshire

An unusual small triangular pub overshadowed by industrial buildings on the north-east side of the city.

The Porcupine

The Porcupine, Mottingham, Kent

An inter-wars cottage-style pub on a busy road junction in South-East London. There are plans to demolish the pub and build a a Lidl supermarket on the site. The aerial photo on the news report reveals that the pub is in fact deceptively large.

The Black Horse

The Black Horse, Leeds, Yorkshire

A street corner pub with pointed doorway and gables, situated just to the north of the city centre, that has now been converted into flats.

The Dog

The Dog, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

A mock-Tudor pub close to the town centre that went through a variety of incarnations, including a spell as an O’Neill’s. Although the StreetView image shows it closed, it has more recently been taken over and reopened by Black Country Ales.

The Sawyers Arms

The Sawyers Arms, Kendal, Westmorland

An impressive former coaching on the north side of the town that previously belonged to Stockport brewers Robinson’s, and before them to Hartleys of Ulverston. The first pub on this blog in the historic county of Westmorland.

The Fir Tree

The Fir Tree, Reddish, Lancashire

A large post-war pub in a northern suburb of Stockport, that by the time it closed was the only pub for at least half a mile in any direction, despite there being plenty of nearby housing. In 2010 it won an award as Community Pub of the Year, but in more recent years had gone downhill, although it still looks smart enough in the 2019 StreetView image. It closed in the Autumn of that year.

(My own picture; the last I took before the lockdown)

The Travellers

The Travellers, Leeds, Yorkshire

A neat inter-wars Brewer’s Tudor pub on the east side of the city. The image dates from 2008; it has since been demolished and replaced by a Tesco Express.

The Ram

The Ram, Wandsworth, London

The former Young’s brewery tap, an impressive late-Victorian street-corner edifice. Pictured here in a boarded-up condition in August 2014, fortunately this one has later reopened.

The Hulstone

The Hulstone, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

A classic post-war estate pub set back behind an extensive car park on a steeply sloping site on the north side of the town. The site is now going to be redeveloped into “affordable housing”.

The Cow & Calf

The Cow & Calf, Romiley,Cheshire

A four-square, brick-built pub, formerly a Robinson’s tied house, standing on a busy, elevated crossroads between Romiley and Bredbury. As the image shows, there is no shortage of nearby housing, and surely the site had potential that was never realised.

The Bingley Arms

The Bingley Arms, Horbury, Yorkshire

A substantial early 19th century stone-built pub situated between the River Calder and the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal west of Wakefield. It has recently been acquired by the local Ossett Brewery and is currently undergoing refurbishment, although obviously at present it remains up in the air when this will come to fruition in view of the coronavirus crisis.

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak, Brownhills, Staffordshire

A large and rather plain inter-wars pub, built in 1937 and known locally as the Middle Oak. It is still bearing Ansells livery. It stands on the main road, and there is clearly no shortage of housing nearby to provide potential customers.

The Sportsman

The Sportsman, Sheffield, Yorkshire

An impressive, stone-faced pub in a somewhat incongruous location in a shabby industrial estate on the north side of the city, close to the M1. It has “1919” above the door, and the name of former owners Gilmour’s Brewery, later taken over by Tetley’s, is embossed at roof level.

The New Inn

The New Inn, Longsdon, Staffordshire

A white-painted former Marston’s pub on the main road between Leek and Stoke-on-Trent, closed since 2006. This article from the local paper tells something of its story.