Pub History

Our Former Around Brighouse Pubs

Lost Forever (our Pubs)

This section we will try to list some of the old Pubs Around Brighouse that are no more, unfortunately lost forever and many have made way for development along with making way for new roads although many have unfortunately closed due to lack of business and the changing lifestyle that has helped in drastically reducing the number of pubs and other drinking related establishments.

Social Acceptance or PC (Political Correct) has possible made the biggest change in reducing the numbers of Pubs not just around Brighouse but throughout the UK, also the ‘Breathalyzer’ and ‘Digital TV’ have also made a significant way to our changing lives from popping down the local pub for a quick one to staying in and watching the TV or spending time on a computer has all made many of these pubs unpopular and unviable.

Drink Driving for many was the big killer for the British Pub as the Breathalyzer was introduced, another killer was anti-smoking in public places, even building smoking areas outside just wasn’t the same a bit like been told to sit on the naughty step, at the same time the pubs which offered free live football and cheap meals was now competing with most families now having live sport at home and takeaway home deliveries for the half time, with cheaper beer from the supermarket and they were even allowed to smoke if they wanted to? Also some of the Breweries got greedy especially on soft drinks with people only drinking soft drinks when driving many were charged more for a pint of soft drink than the price for a pint of best beer.  No wonder they left in droves?

As I no longer drink I have to pull on my hair to try and remember were the pubs from the past were and what they were called, so please forgive me if I get a few wrong, also I have added some older pubs that I don’t even remember, and there is also loads I have not even listed? So here we go.

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Starting in Brighouse Town centre I think it was ‘The White Swan’ opposite the George that became the Lloyds Bank on Bradford Road, (Lloyds moved from the corner where Sainsbury car park stands).

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The Albion. Halifax Road/John King, Lane Head, next to the former Post Office, just above the Brighouse Library, Thought to be a takeaway now?

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Black Bull. Towngate Clifton now thought to be the Black Bull Farm now?

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Black Horse. Nether House, Hove Edge, a coaching house possibly one of the oldest properties in the area? Sorry not much known about this pub?

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Black Horse. Rastrick was on the opposite side of the crossroads to the Sun Inn? Thought to be a shop or takeaway now?

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Blue Ball. Briggate Brighouse, Sorry not much known about this pub?

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Bramble. Field Lane Estate, Sorry not much known about this pub?

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Broad Oak Inn. This was in the Broad Oak area of Hove Edge above the football fields and made way for the Broad Oak Garage which itself made way for a new housing complex.

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The Clifton Arms which was down Park Street opposite the former Post Office and Former Gas Showroom and is now an eating place.

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Delvers Arms. Towngate Brighouse & Denholme Road, Hipperholme, Sorry not much known about this pub?

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Delvers Arms. Rastrick, Sorry not much known about this pub?

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Dog & Gun. This was on Eleanor Street, off Gooder Lane. Rastrick?

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Duke of Edinburgh, Mill Lane Brighouse.

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The Duke of York. Bridge End Rastrick at the side of the River Calder pulled down in the 30s? I think it was at the side of the railway bridge and is still a plot of land where it used to stand?

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Dyers Arms. Birds Royd, Brighouse with a name like this it was almost certain to be close to some Dyeing Mill?

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Empess of India. Was on the old Police Street Brighouse that disappeared to make way for the new A641 road, although Lawson Road is more or less where the old Police Street was? Long after the pub was closed.

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The Engineers. Hangram Street/Old Bradford Road, Brighouse. This was thought to be on the corner of the original Bradford Road where it has been cut off for the Subway/Lüdenscheid Link.

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The Football. was on the old start of the original Elland Road which started after leaving Briggate where there was a large curved row of shops, one of these shops even sold scooters and motorbikes, where the Wilkinson’s car park is now and the pub was around this area, this pub like many pubs in early 1900s was always changing their names and was also known as The Footballers Rest among other names.

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The Freemasons Arms. Was on Bradford Road, opposite the New Swimming Baths?

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The Greyhound. Was up Crowtrees Lane, where it joins with Delf Hill at a double mini roundabout Rastrick. This has only closed since around 2017 ish and is thought to be still connected with drinks and possible food?

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Horse and Jockey. This was thought to be up Halifax Road area of John King above Waterloo Road?

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Joiners Arms. Hove Edge was opposite Half House Lane? The premises has since been a Greengrocer and Post Office and is now a private house, if you look closely you can still see the remaining lintels where the extra doors and windows were?

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Lane Ends Inn. Norwood Green? Sorry not much known about this pub?

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The Lower George. Raw Lane/Jumble Dyke, Rastrick.

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Malt Shovel. Wakefield Road Brighouse. Sorry not much known about this pub?

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Martins Nest. This large impressive pub stood for years as a land mark on Bradford Road in a triangle with Smithy Carr Lane and Cross Street, before it was first modernised it had a large stable block to the Bradford side of the pub, this came in handy if you were waiting for a Bus as you could shelter in this open fronted stable.

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Neptune Arms. Brookfoot. Thought to be on the entrance of the old BDA site? Sorry not much known about this pub?

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The Old Pack Horse. On the corner of Highmoor Lane and Halifax Road Clifton. This was another large impressive landmark pub and restaurant, standing proud at the crossroads opposite ‘The New Pack Horse’ (which was actually the oldest of the two pubs). The Old Pack Horse was successfully run by a couple from Newcastle and it was popular and very rare to get a table without booking or queuing. What a shame that this once great pub has just been pulled down (April 2019) to build more houses?  

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The Punch Bowl Hotel. Bailiff Bridge Crossroads. The Punch Bowl Hotel (1813) formally called ‘The Bailiff Bridge Inn’ this large imposing building stands in the heart of the village on the corner of Wakefield Road as it Joins Bradford Road and used to be the focal point of the village with many old photos showing the locals standing outside the pub watching the trams go by. Many workers used to call at the pub for a drink before making their way home after a hard day’s work in the mill. Now a Pest Control Companies Main
Offi
ce.

 

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The Ring ‘O’ Bells. This former town centre pub was on Commercial Street (near where Boots now stands) and it backed on to the old bus station only a few doors from the ‘The Wellington’ before this area was redeveloped to the Wellington Arcade and the Bus Station moved to its current location which has been a total disaster for all to say the least.

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Ring ‘O’ Bells. Lillands Lane, Rastrick. Sorry not much known about this pub?

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Robin Hood which was across the road again from the Stott’s Arms in Wakefield road which made way for a supermarket.

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The Rock Hotel. Top of Upper Edge, Dewsbury Road on the boundary of Elland/Rastrick/Ainley Top, thought to be a private dwelling now?

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The Royal Hotel. Huddersfield Road/Mill Lane Brighouse. not much known about this pub?

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The Royal Oak. Commercial Street. Brighouse. not much known about this pub?

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Royal Oak. Top of the Lower Edge on the edge of Rastrick? This former pub was a very popular pub with Disco, Live combo Music, bar meals and a large car park made it very popular which all changed with the introduction of the breathalyser as most of their customers came by car, it is now 1 or 2 private houses.

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The Round House at the end of King Street in the 70s they had a Parrot which was on the end of the bar greeting the customers with some very strong language, at the time many of the customers just came to see the Parrot and attempted to teach it some new words to add to its growing choice swear words, any newcomers were often greeted with “Hello what the **** do you want” most of them were at times very shocked and not seeing the Parrot would either walked out or said “I am sorry I just wanted a pint of Best Please,” the former pub is now a Solicitor?

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Stag & Pheasant. Bethel Street/Park Street, Brighouse thought to be on the corner where a Hairdresser now stands?

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The Star. Bridge end Rastrick this pub is currently closed so watch this space as we hope it may reopen? What a shame I remember they had a long shed at the side of the pub and the local Bird Fanciers Club used to show their small animals and birds.

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Stott’s Arms. across the road from the Round House now in the centre of an island which is now a sandwich shop.

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Thornhill Arms. Church Street, Rastrick. Not much known about this pub?

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The Vulcan Inn. Foundry Street, off Birds Royd Lane. Not much known about this pub?

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The Wellington Hotel. Was a town centre pub standing on the corner of Briggate with Commercial Street, following its closure it was pulled down and a small memorial garden was built where it once stood and is still in place today? Also the new shopping area was named after this pub ‘Wellington Arcade’.

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The White Horse. Rastrick Common, opposite Millers Oils, although it is still standing and the faded sign is still partly visible but, it does look like it has closed?

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The Woodlands Hotel.  down Birds Royd Lane, this pub was at one time in the heart of Brighouse’s Engineering hub not sure if this is still open please let me know?

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