Lydiate – The Anchor – Seeing it through 1886 eyes

Iv’e blogged before about Lydiate’s lost alehouse – The Anchor – which was located on the Leeds Liverpool canalbank between Lydiate Hill/Billy’s Bridge and Jacksons Bridge. The property, whilst still standing, is private housing now.

Here’s a link to my previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/11/23/lydiates-lost-pub-the-anchor-inn-or-arms/

The reason for returning to this subject again is because removal of the rendering on part of the building has revealed what the pub used to look like. In the words of the chairman of Lydiate Parish Council:-

‘The brickwork was decorative with red whole bricks alternating with darker half bricks. There is also a band of yellow bricks running across the building and around the windows. It must have been an impressive sight when built c1868.’

Here are some photographs of the building after removal of the rendering but before it is recovered:-

My thanks to Cllr. John Bailey for the lead to this posting

Click on the photos to enlarge them

Lydiate’s Lost Pub – The Anchor Inn or Arms

Do you know where Lydiate’s lost pub was situated or when it closed?

This is the present day site:-

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It’s between Jackson’s Bridge and Billy’s Bridge alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

And here’s another view looking in the direction of Jackson’s Bridge which carries Pygons Hill Lane over the canal:-

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In fact the Anchor Inn or Arms, which was probably built in the 1860’s, disappeared a long time ago being closed, I understand, by the Magistrates Court in the early part of the last century. Robert Alty was described as Boatman and Beer House proprietor in the 1881 census.

The building is now part of a small group of isolated houses/cottages.

The second photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

PS. If anyone can fill in the blanks about the history of this lost pub I would love to hear about it.