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.