Public houses

Blue Lion

Ready Carr. Became the Adult School - believed to have quartered soldiers in the upper rooms during the Luddite riots.

British Queen

Manchester Road - now Ingfield House It also housed the Post Office.

Coach and Horses

Manchester Road

Easter Gate

Called the Packhorse Inn. Easter Gate named after the innkeeper, old Esther Schofield. Edwin Waugh, a Lancashire author, writing in 1880, said, "About the beginning of the 19th Century this ancient roadside inn was a 'house of call' for Old Lame Luke (Brierley) of Marsden" He was a country grocer (badger) who brought meal and flour from Huddersfield. He kept a corn shop in Marsden, and took corn to Lancashire to sell. He brought back coal.

Also Mrs Alanah (?Hannah) Bolton of High Fall, born 1825, knew of Old Luke, although he was dead before she was born. Her mother, born 1788, knew the road and inn all her life. The packhorse road was known as Rapes Highway. People came from Milnrow to collect rushes in the area of Laninot. It was demolished in 1830.

The Gardeners Arms

Clough Head

The George

Junction of Mount Road with Fall Lane. Became Ottiwells House, home of William Horsfall who was murdered by the Luddites. It was demolished in 1908 to make way for a bowling green - now a small plantation in front of the Bank Bottom Mills dining room.

George and Dragon

Goodalls Yard, off Broughan Rd.

Great Western Inn

Manchester Road. 'Innkeeper' was Georgina Wood, born 1851, single daughter of Daniel Wood who lived at the pub but was a farmer.

Hare and Hounds Inn

Mount Road. In 1891 run by Betty Shaw, single born 1855. publican.

The Isle of Skye Hotel

The Isle of Skye Hotel, also known as the Wessenden Head Inn, is shown on the 1854 6" O.S. map. The pub stood opposite the point where the Meltham and Wessenden Head Turnpike joined the Greenfield to Shepley road, and this junction is a likely reason for its construction. The road from Meltham opened in 1835, and the style of the building would seem apt for any time after that date.

The pub was closed in the 1950s after it was subject to a compulsory purchase order by the Huddersfield Water Board due to effluent from the inn draining into the proposed Digley Reservoir (constructed in 1954). It burnt down and was demolished inthe 1960s.

The Junction

Waters Road. Now called the Tunnel End Inn

Miners Rest

Intake Head. Near the birthplace of Samuel Laycock. Landlord was Tom Dennison Junr. son of the tavern proprietor.

New Inn

Manchester Road. Built in 1838 for 3rd Turnpike. John Caine, born 1856 in the Isle of Man, was the Innkeeper in 1891. Henry Schofield was the Ostler.

The Old Moorcock

Mount Rd. Was bought by John Edward Crowther when the golf course was about to be made and formed part of the property held by trustees at Hemplow. In 1891 kept by Sarah Crowther, single born 1850.

Old New Inn

Carrs Road. Original building erected in 1780 during building of 2nd Turnpike. Owen Bulmer born 1831 was publican in 1891 having previously been landlord of The Shakespeare.

The Old Ram (The Tup)

Situated in Towngate it had extensive stabling behind - now part of churchyard. Mail coach. Kept by the Horsfalls and the Fells. During 19 century a flourishing society, the Royal Foresters Lodge, held its meeting here. At one time the society had 600 pounds invested in the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal Co. in addition to smaller sums loaned to private individuals at 4%.

It was an early Post Office. From Bygone Marsden - 'In 1825 a foot post arrives every day about 12 noon and departs at 1.30. James Horsfall from Marsden every Monday and Tuesday morning, carrier to Hudds. To Manchester James Horsfall every Friday evening. Returns on Saturday and John Shaw every Friday (carriers). Goods conveyed by Huddersfield Canal Co. from the Wharfe at Marsden, daily to all parts.'

In 1891 kept by William Dyson born in 1843.

Opposite above No 19 was Robert Bowers shop selling earthenware bowls, milking stools, fire irons and other hardware. In 1891 he was described as a grocer living in Towngate.

Closed 26/12/1925

The Old White Hart

Originally called the Hare and Hounds Towngate

Delicensed 1910 but used up to then by a dentist who held a tooth pulling surgery there.

Further up Towngate was No.17 a shop selling sweets, candles, firewood, lamp oil, crockery etc. Coal was sold in the yard behind, now a garden and the coal man lent customers a small hand cart to wheel their coal home in. There used to be a footbridge across river from No 17's garden.

Kept by George Dodson for many years then his son George Henry Dodson, born 1862 described in 1891 as a cattle dealer. His mother, Mary a widow, was said to be the Innkeeper.

Said to be the local for Blind Jack of Knaresborough and Parson Bellas.

The Olive Branch

Manchester Road. Built circa 1839 but probably 10 or so years older than that. Probably named after The Olive Branch Petition - last attempt by moderate elements in American Colonies to avert open breach with Britain. It was presented in 1775 to Earl of Dartmouth who was then Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Landlord Joseph Sykes --Jooh o' th' Olive ran it as 'an orderly house, no gambling, swearing, or drunkenness' and never opened on Sundays. He was born in 1824 in Linthwaite and married Mary Cooper of Slaithwaite.

Thousands of refugees fleeing anti-Semitic oppression in Russia, Hungary, Germany and Austria arrived by sea at Hull and then walked the 150 miles to Liverpool to catch boats to America. Many were housed for the night at The Olive Branch by Joseph Sykes and his father-in-law predecessor, David Cooper, cheaply accommodated on clean straw in the stables. From 1873 special trains were provided - up to eight trains weekly consisting of twelve carriages each.

Railway Hotel

Station Road.

In 1891 Joseph Dyson, born 1853, was the Licensed Victualler.

The Red Lion

Market Place.

Martha Beighton, a widow born in 1833, was the Innkeeper in 1891.

The Rising Sun

Lingards Wood - end of West Slaithwaite Rd. Was kept by John Garside. It was bought by Henry Fisher, a woollen manufacturer of Lingards Wood House, in the early 19hundreds and converted into two properties.

The Riverhead Brewery Tap

The building now known as the Riverhead Tap was Johnstone's grocery shop built in 1880. The present Co-op, next door, was built in 1896 (replacing older buildings) Johnstone had previously had a business at Bridge End - see photo of old Towngate Bridge.

The Shakespeare

Peel St.

The present pub was built to replace the old Shakespeare which was situated just below the present building and was demolished in 1933. The old pub building was originally built as a shop and was occupied by the Marsden Equitable Industrial Soc. Ltd. Landlord in 1868 was Owen Bulmer, born 1831, who was succeeded by his son Joe Bulmer. By 1891 (after Owen took over the Old New Inn) the publican was Joseph Beighton born 1856.

The Shepherds Boy

Manchester Rd. Formerly kept by Samuel Shaw, born 1844 and also a farmer, known as 'Sammy o't'Boy and later by Mrs. Ellen Shaw who continued to live there after it closed as a pub in 1920.

The Shepherds Green

Wessenden - now a farmhouse. Mention is made of four others - 1 at Dole Hole near the narrow river off Argyle Street and kept sometimes by James Carter, 1 at Highgate, 1 at Throstle Nest and 1 at Buckstones.


There used to be a cattle market on the street outside the Swan.

The Three Tunnels Tavern

Near the present Junction (now called Tunnel End Inn) served the large numbers of navvies engaged on public works kept by Tom Dennison.

There was an older inn at Tunnel End near where the railway crosses the canal but before the railway was built and the road followed the course of the river.

The Travellers Rest

Chain Road. Datestone 1770 originally called The Shoulder of Mutton - closed 11/12/1915 - a beer house. Landlord at that time was Ernest Lockwood. It had formerly been kept by John Firth, born in 1862 who was also a farmer and was a prominent member of the Old Holme Mills.

Tunnel End Inn

Waters Road. Originally called the Junction.

Two Dutchmen

Towngate - built 1744. Good stabling for man and beast. In 1891 was kept by Jane Lumb, a widow, born 1844. Next door was the Town Grocery Store, a gents outfitters and above that was the Fish and Chip shop and the stocks on the corner of Towngate and Church Lane. Behind was the old graveyard.

The Wessenden Head Inn

See Isle of Skye Hotel

Hare and Hounds

Hare and Hounds

The Junction Hotel

The Junction Hotel

The Old Ram Inn

The Old Ram Inn

The Old Red Lion

The Old Red Lion

The Two Dutchmen

The Two Dutchmen