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.