Lined up for a pint in every one.
"I said that from the Red Lion to Chapel Hill there were over 20 pubs en route to town."
It was impossible to drink a pint in each one and get to town sober.
But what were the names of those pubs?
He couldn't remember them all and turned to Diary readers for help.
The ones he did know were The Red Lion, Woolpack, Brunswick, Bath Hotel, Star, Yorkshire Victoria, The Yorkshire, Commercial, Royal Oak, Little Bull and the Grey Horse.
Eddie Mellor, now of Oakes, grew up in Lockwood and offers the list supplied by his late cousin, Brian Clarke.
Brian used it in his book, A History of Lockwood and North Crosland.
He says the 20 were: Red Lion, British Oak, Woolpack, Lamb, Fox and Grapes, Weavers, Bay Horse, Bath, Crescent, Brunswick,Vulcan, New Victoria, Victoria, Dusty Miller, Star, Changing Lights, Commercial, Royal Oak, Little Bull and Grey Horse.
Unfortunately, in the extensive Examiner archives I found no mention of the Little Bull. There was however, The Black Bull on Chapel Hill which closed in 1954. Perhaps Little Bull was a nickname?
Perhaps, also, the list changed according to each passing generation as pubs closed or changed their name. The Fox and Grapes, for instance, in Eddie's list, closed in 1912 and The Royal Oak in 1905.
Geoffrey Dyson of Milnsbridge and Mary Chambers of Newsome both mention The Poet's Corner in Chapel Hill which closed in 1944. Geoffrey says there was also The Yorkshire, which was previously Smith's Vaults.
My research suggests this started life as The Leadbeaters before becoming Smith's Vaults which changed to The Yorkshire and then became ... The Changing Lights, which is now, I believe, a pole dancing club.
And could The Victoria and The New Victoria be the same pub?
Two that are missing, by the way, are The Bay Horse in Albert Street that closed in 1957 and The Clarence in Chapel Hill that called last orders in 1932.
It could be that the legend of the 20 hostelries started back in the 1920s when there were lots more pubs about and was adapted through the years but, judging from closure dates, it looks as if this particular pub run would not have been possible after 1951.
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Mar 18, 2006|
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