Shiver me Timbers its The Prince of Wales
Old Ship Inn 34 Bethel Street, Brighouse (formerly the Prince of Wales)
The Old Ship Inn (Prince of Wales) was built using timber from the 1858 ship of the line HMS Donegal which was believed to be a 101 Gun Ship and thought to be one of the groups of ships that was credited with the capture of the CSS Shenandoah.
The Donegal was finally decommissioned in 1923 when some of its timber was used to build the Prince of Wales Pub, 34 Bethel Street, Brighouse HD6 1JR. It was thought most of the frontage main timbers and various others timbers were used although not all had come from the original Ship.
Some people say it has a bit of a mismatch, but almost everybody says it has a great looking frontage, the bar area has a stone flagged floor with some wooden panelling and almost pew like bench seating if I remember correctly, personally I think it retains its past while at the same time has just enough of the modern to make it more comfortable and enjoyable.
In the late 60s I used to deliver milk to The Prince of Wales the pub owners bought a Pub in Holywell Green Elland The Rock, which had a Beer only licence although if you were a regular of this small pub built within a block of 3 small through by light houses, the then the landlord (Mr Hammond) would reach under the smallest of bars you could imagine and bring you up a glass of Bells Whisky.
The bar was about 5ft x 4ft ‘L’ shaped which was built on a cellar head so he could nip down the cellar to change a barrel without leaving the bar, which was only big enough to hold about 4 drinkers and there was also a room opposite with a few tables and chairs. I think Mr Hammond was the last landlord before it closed and the Prince of Wales family bought it along with the houses and a piece of land before converting it into The Rock, later to be called Rock Hotel & Churchill’s Restaurant.
In the 70s I delivered milk in Elland and once again I delivered their milk but this time it was to the Rock which was now run by their son.