Halifax Pubs E-zine 6

Halifax Pubs E-zine 6

Black Swan, Silver Street

(Opened in 1822 and Closed 1921)

Now the home of 'Yates's Wine Lodge'
The 'Black Swan' is the pointed gable end (far right in the first picture). In the second picture you can see the pointed gable end(central) and the Black Swan Passage by the side of the building above it

There were two Black Swan Passages (top side and bottom side) that met behind the pub. In the very early days these were called Red Lion Alley and Woodhead Alley

Meandering Bear

On June 17th, 1913 a bear escaped from Halifax Zoo in Exley and headed towards Jubilee Road in Siddal. Word spread very quickly throughout town and there was great excitement. Some people locked themselves away in home but others congregated to get a view of the incident. 

There was actually two escaped bears but one was quickly recaptured and secured by it's keepers. The other bear attempted to head through fields towards Backhold before heading back down into Elland wood.

The head keeper, Mr Hinds and his helpers  attempted to lasso the animal but the bear was too quick but eventually cornered the bear  and after a few struggles, torn clothes and slight injuries, the bear was eventually caught by managing to get a rope wrapped around it's legs.

By this time the bear was angry and was very difficult to calm down. So, a cage had to be fetched on a dray so that he could be returned up Exley Bank and back to the safety of the zoo.

After this event, the bears became even more popular at the zoo but eventually the zoo closed mainly due to the costs and availability of food after the war.

A Halifax pub named 'The Meandering Bear' after the events of this story. This pub exists at 21-23 Union Street just above the Piece Hall.

Aka Carringtons and the Bass House

Commercial Inn, Keighley Road, Illingworth

Ownership transferred from Fielding's to Webster's [14th June 1961].

The pub was rebuilt by William Henry Wilkinson of Walsh & Maddock [1935].

It was demolished in 2000.

Saddle Hotel 

from My Rastrick

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