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Shoulder of Mutton, Morley

Pub in Morley to be Demolished:


Shoulder of Mutton Morley


6 houses with 15 parking spaces to be built out in Morley, which continues to be a thriving housing market for the new middle class of West Yorkshire.

Formally serving the people of Bruntcliffe, any notion of a village life has slowly dissipated with motorways and industrial parks replacing the colliery and the mills.

A quick glance at the building footprint, and 4 dwellings could easily be accommodated here, with 2 more in the curtilage.

What further astounds is the roaring trade the Toby Carvery is doing down the road. I think that says more than I ever could about suburban Yorkshire life in the 21st century.


Wagon and Horses Inn, Leeds Road, Huddersfield

Formally Ricky’s Bar, formally Wagon and Horses Inn, to be demolished to make way for a car showroom forecourt:


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So sad to see this pub go, which I believe was snapped up at auction following the bankruptcy of the eponymous Ricky. Particularly tragic is the loss would be to create a car sales forecourt, of which there are already so many on Leeds Road, making this corridor more so an exposed and dull place.

This would represent further erosion of the street front of Leeds Road which has slowly disappeared over the last century to be replaced by miscellaneous uses found on the fringes of towns that require cheap and ease of vehicular access.

In spite of there now being a premier league football team playing home games a stones throw away, I imagine arguments about viability would still militate against the retention of this building. I hope Kirklees can somehow block this application, but I somehow doubt it.

We demolish public houses next to football stadiums. That is the modern state of land use planning.

Less another pub in Leeds

Former Old Roundabout in Stanningly, Leeds:

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Its always a shame to see a pub demolished in proximity of another pub, because two pubs together creates a drinking destination. A critical mass just enough to draw people in from far afield to experience the drinking culture of this particular domain. I suppose this now fridge area of Stanningly is not quite attractive enough to maintain such a buzz.

Very attractive and robust double pitched building that could stay, and be repurposed in any number of ways. Lets get some local listings of non-designated heritage assets formulated asap to avoid the loss of such humble but necessary buildings in towns like Stanningly.

The Flouch Inn, Stocksbridge

The sad demise of the Flouch Inn –

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Demolition of this pub has been on the cards for a while now. Oout in the Wilderness of the Pennines, the Flouch is called so because its former name of The Plough became weathered and Plough Became Flouch with the loss of a serif or two.

The demolition will make way for houses; an entirely unsustainable location, and the canabalisation of what could be a great pub  as part of the chain of cyclist stops found in this area.

Also being demolished is

Silkstone Working Men’s Club –

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Not so pretty…but still a meaningful building

Highland Pub, Central Leeds

Application to demolish the Highland Pub, just off Burley Street, Leeds

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Its been a few months since there has been any imminent threat to a historically important building in West Yorkshire, but a sad return to business as usual comes in the form of the proposed demolition of The Highland, to be replaced by 14 flats.

The pub is still thriving and has by various accounts undergone something of a renaissance lately.

A curious building that has survived the comprehensive demolition of this area to find itself bravely ensconced as a wedge between the high rises and the concrete monoliths of central Leeds. Stone setts still surround the building making this oasis look like a fissure in space-time.

Such a narrow plot shouldn’t be viable for development – only suitable for a Victorian pub, yet somehow it has caught the attention of a speculator. Couldn’t you develop the surface car park 5m to the right?

This highlights yet again a flaw in the planning system; no conservation area or listing status means that the council’s hands are tied. The only reprieve would be to deny permission on other grounds relating to design and hope the owner backs down and keeps the pub serving. Apparently its great in there. Check it out before it is no more.



The Golden Lion, Armley

Derelict pub in Armley Conservation area:


Not much of the old Armley left sadly, and it looks like another piece of the past will be lost as light industry expands in this part of deprived Leeds. The gentrification of Armley that was widely predicted never really happened, leaving the old stock under appreciated. A few hundred hipsters could have kept these doors open I’m sure. Gentrification can help in small doses

Former Crimea Tavern, Castleford

Former Crimea Tavern pub in Castleford to be demolished for flats:



Once more, the loss of a derelict pub is justified by a supposed lack of architectural merit. Conservation officers at Wakefield would not have any grounding to justify an intervention in this case. Even if they wanted to.

This is sad. We need to recognise that it is not just the architectural treatment of the elevation, or the quality of the architectural vocabulary that make a building important.

It is the massing, its relationship with the street, and the proportionality of the elevation that are of historic value – characteristics which are not acknowledged in any replacement. This is clearly stated in every policy going; national, district, local.

Thus another pocket of Yorkshire loses its final piece of a once populated high street.