We’ve just acquired a couple of editions of Tetley’s in-house magazine from the 1960s and thought we’d share some pictures of the then state-of-the-art modern pubs featured.
We usually scan these things and effectively thrown them away on Twitter but thought that we ought to put them somewhere a bit more permanent in case they’re interesting or useful for other researchers, or just for the enjoyment of people who might recall the pubs in question as they were in their heyday.
The first batch of photos are from The Huntsman for Autumn 1964. This picture is on the front cover:
Explanatory text inside says: ‘The Cup & Ring, the new opened Tetley house on the edge of the moors by Baildon. It is almost certainly the only public house in the country with this name – taken from the cup and ring markings carved by Early Bronze Age people on certain stones of Baildon Moor.’ Today the pub is – obviously, of course, it goes without saying – gone.
Next up is The Earl Francis at Park Hill in Sheffield of which the magazine says:
[The] third Tetley ‘pub’ in the vast comprehensive area of Corporation flats which will ultimately house 10,000 people, was named as a reminder of the local historical association with the Shrewsbury family… The first two of these three Tetley houses were each an integral part of the ground floor of the block of flats in which they were situated. The Earl Francis differs in that it is a separate building. To ensure harmony with its background of flats the shell was built by the Corporation; but the main entrance and canopy, the internal planning and structure, and all fixtures and fittings were dealt with by The Company.
The licensees were Alan and Valerie Maxfield, then only in their early twenties. He was a former fashion designer, salesman and bar manager and together they enjoyed collecting small oil lamps. Obviously. We wonder if they might still be around? Here they are behind the bar in the lounge:
Here’s a wider shot of the lounge showing the ‘attractive glass wall’:
And this is the public bar with more and harder seating, and lino (or similar) instead of carpet:
Next, we head north, The Ebor in Leeds, confusingly named in honour of York (Eboracum) because the Burmantofts estate sits alongside York Road.
This seems to be a classic case of a pub that was too modern and too clever for its own good: at some point, it got renamed The Rose & Crown and had some faux-Victorian bits nailed on to the outside. It is, though, still in operation, and What Pub calls it a ‘busy estate pub’:
The licensees at the time of opening were Mr and Mrs Withington, two ex-pat Lancastrians, who enjoyed angling in their spare time. Here they are at launch with Mr J.S. Page from the brewery (left):
As a marked distinction from the antiquity of its name, The Ebor is modern in architectural design, and up-to-the-minute in its equipment. Being in an all-electric area it is illuminated electrically, warmed by electrically heated ducted air; and from casks taken into the cellar by a counter-balanced lift, the beer is delivered to the latest type of dispensers by electric pumps. (As an ordinary householder I shudder to think of the electricity bills!)
This is the lounge with a 15×5 foot aerial view of the city of York on the wall, which feels to us as if it might wind up Leodensians:
And here’s the public bar looking very clean and bright:
Customers find the spacious, airy and well-furnished lounge comfortable and cosy. Yet, so brightly attractive is the public bar, with its green, black and red lather furniture, and inviting atmosphere that some regulars prefer it. Its popularity with a few customers is rumoured to be due, in part, to the fact that the lounge can be overlooked by long sighted wives working in the kitchens of flats opposite; but I wouldn’t know about that!
Now we head into Lancashire and also jump four years forward in time to when Tetley had become Tetley Walker, and The Huntsman had been renamed Tetley Walker incorporating The Huntsman. From the front cover of the Spring 1968 edition we have The Crooked Wheel, a Walker Cain branded pub in Worsley Mesnes, Wigan:
In the intervening years, it seems to have burnt down and then been demolished after a period as a notoriously rough pub under the name The Wheel.
Still in Lancashire we next visit The Ribbleton at Preston which opened in 1963 between two large housing estates:
The Ribbleton is a public house which ‘stands well’. With its steeply sloping roof it has, when seen from the outside, a rather Alpine quality… Its rooms are spacious and comprise a public bar, the Valentine Lounge (named after Leonard Valentine, the last independent landlord of the old Bowling Green Inn which was replaced by this new house) and the Cromwell Lounge (Cromwell fought a battle at Preston), which are all furnished in a modern, luxury style with subtle lighting and different ceiling levels giving a sense of cosiness and warmth of welcome.
The pub was run from its opening by Thomas Hunter Low, a Glaswegian former butcher and RAF clerk, and his wife, who apparently had no given name but enjoyed judo and weightlifting. Here they are with their daughter, Susan, son, Andrew, and Kim the Alsatian:
The Cromwell Lounge (where the mods and the young guns hung out if the photo is anything to go by) was also home to Mrs Low’s favourite item, ‘The African Mask’, brought back for her from Mombasa by a customer:
These days The Ribbleton is known as The Ribble Lodge and is apparently still thriving. It’s nice to end on a bright note.