Thursday, 19 May 2011

Watering holes along the gate of iron

Irongate seems to have more than its fair share of pubs. This one was once a Nat West bank. I remember coming in here in the early days of having a bank account.

Now, it is a pub with a very appropriate name.

Right next door, is another pub; the Thomas Leaper. This pub stands on the site of Iron Gate House; the Leaper family home, which was built around 1740. In its time, it has also been a bank and then in 1880, Brigden's the tailors moved in. They remained in this building until 1997 but now have their premises a little further down the 'gate.

Across the road from these two is The Slug and Lettuce, one of a chain of pubs...

...while, just down the road is Jorrocks; a very thin building which looks as though it has been squeezed in between the Music Centre and (I think - if memory serves me right) yet another bank.

This pub is a grade 2 listed building which was once a coaching inn and dates back to before 1648, which is when it is first mentioned in a deed document.

This pub though, I find rather creepy as there are ongoing records of seances being held on the property. Not something I want to mess with thank you, so I think I'll leave it there.


  1. I think I'll try Jorrocks; it looks cosy from here. But what kind of beer do they sell? I prefer Stout...GREAT photography as usual!

  2. I'd try any one of them - I've never been into a real English pub.

  3. I'll drink to that! A most interesting post! Loved the pub pics!!

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