Pubs & Inns of Retford

Pubs & Inns of Retford

It has been claimed that there were over 50 pubs in Retford in the past and proof of this can be found in James Roffey’s publication “The Book of Retford” (page 98) which lists 57 pubs and Inns in Retford, and in the publication by E L Ableson – “Retford in Times Past” (page 17) which states that in 1896 there were 56 Inn’s and 3 beer houses in Retford. This seems quite excessive for a small Market Town but I shall have to find out what population Retford had in previous times to evaluate this better. Here is a list of the pubs & inns I have collated so far, some of these are still ongoing businesses in Retford today, others have been demolished or converted for other uses:-

NB: Reference’s to RITP = Retford In Times Past.

* I have a series of small articles from one of the local free press showing some of the Retford Pub’s previous Innkeepers/Licensees but not enough room to give all information on this page (at the moment).

~ denotes Public houses still open in Retford today

Bridgegate ~The Galway Arms Trade Directories have in 1876 Robert Miles 1895 George Bonington
~The Newcastle Arms RITP Pg16

*List of Innkeepers/Licensees from local paper article in 1987.

(Dec 2011 – currently boarded up)

Pigots Directory states run by Rt (Robert?) Hardy, situated West Retford

Trade Directory 1876 Benjamin Tallents

~The White Hart Hotel

First License held in 1731, became more prominent when Great North Road changed and meant it ran through the town centre in 1776. Source RITP Pg15

1881 Census Hotel Keeper was Joseph Dennett

Trade Directories have in 1895 Arthur Charles Dennett and 1876 Joseph Dennett

Dec 2011 Currently boarded up)

Chapelgate Crown Hotel

RITP Pg17

Pigots 1828-9 state run by Matth. Dawber on Lincoln Street

Trade Directories have in 1876 Sl. (Samuel) Richardson Smith 1895 Walter Wilson 1925 Fred Kilbourne 1936 A E Branton

The Litten Tree Opened 2002 in old premises of Halifax Building Society which were previously The Crown
~Ye Olde Sun

1881 Census Henry Broadberry Innkeeper & provision dealer

Pigots 1828-9 states run by Wm Eyre on Lincoln Street

Trade directories 1876 John Rowson

Sportsman
Victoria
Black’s Head

RITP Pg17 – publican George Sugden

Pigots 1828-9 states run by Ann Green on Lincoln Street

Trade directories in 1876 have James Sharples in 1895 & 1900 Henry Brown

Churchgate ~The Vine

Pigots 1828-9 states run by Thos & Geo Clark on Church Street

Trade Directories have in 1876 Jas Thompson in 1895 John & Tom Aldridge

The Ram

Trade directory shows 1876 Edwin James Smeeton

1881 Census Samuel H Bennett Innkeeper (see Sherwood Rangers)

Portland Arms

Trade directories have in 1876 Hy Stocks 1900 John Day in 1925 & 1936 Thomas Coulson

~Sherwood Rangers

Previously known as The Ram Inn

Trade directories have 1895 Samuel A Marr in 1900 Sarah Kirkby

 Ordsall Brewery Vaults
 The Comet
 White Lion  Pigots 1828-9 state run by Jno Gabbitass on Church Street
 Market Square  ~The Half Moon

 

 

 

~ The Angel

 

~ The Broadstone

 Trade directories have in 1876 Wm & Knight Goodliffe in 1895 Herbert Grindle

Pigots 1828-9shows run by Sl (Samuel?) Cuckson Market Place

(Dec 2011 Currently closed)

Demolished 1904 replaced by Henry Spencer’s & Sons. (source: RITP Pg6.)

Trade directories have in 1876 Jane Gibbison

1881 Census shows Robert Pank as Publican

Carolgate The Marquis of Granby (Also known as The Granby or The Granby Inn.

1881 Census shows Geo Lister as publican

Pigots 1828-9 shows The Granby run by Mary Barlow on Clumber Street

Trade directories have in 1876 Wm Webster in 1895 Geo Milner

Butchers Arms

Pigots 1828-9 show run by Jno Shaw on Clumber Street

Trade directories 1876 Richard Littlewood 1895 Fred Bothamley

Brewers Arms

Trade Directorues in 1876 have John Liversidge

1881 Census shows William Barthorpe Innkeeper & Joiner

Imperial Crown

Trade directories have in 1876 Saml Lacey 1895 & 1900 Samuel McMillan

1881 Census shows Joseph Pratt Innkeeper

Red Lion Pigots 1828-9 state run by Christopher Nicholson on Clumber Street
Talbot Trade directories have 1895 James Lakeland in 1900 Lizzie Anderson
~White Swan

Pigots 1828-9 state run by Timothy Ogle on Clumber Street

Under “The Swan” trade directories list 1876 William Storr 1895 Henry Anderson 1900 William Arrand 1925 John Alvey Beecroft

~The Anchor

1881 Census shows John T Brown as Innkeeper

Pigots Directory 1828-9 shows situated on “Clumber Street” run by Rd (Richard?) Johnson

Trade directories have 1876 John Thomas Brown 1895 Jn Thos Brown 1900 Joseph Crookes 1925 Sam Ashley

Bridge Inn Trade directories in 1876 have William Savage and in 1900 William Jacklin
The Pheasant Hotel

Demolished to make way for supermarket.

Pigots 1828-9 states run by Fras Smith on Clumber Street

Trade directories have in 1876 John Wrigglesworth in 1895 James Hand

Horse & Jockey Pigots 1828-9 state run by John Greassey on Clumber St
Grove Street  

 

~ The Turks Head

 

 

~ The Dominie Cross

Trade directories have in 1876 Chas Nicholson in 1900 William Henry Radcliffe

Pigots 1828-9 state run by Ann Clark

~The Packet Inn Rebuilt in 1913, source RITP Pg18
Redford Arms
The Royal Oak Pigots 1828-9 states run by John Whatmore on Moorgate

Trade directory shows 1876 Maria Briggs

Cricketers

Photo in RITP pg18

Trade directory has in 1876 Wm Shaw

Union Street The Robin Hood Trade directories have 1876 Ann Colbeck (Turks Head Yd Grove St) 1895 Jn Breddy 1900 Jn Breddy (Union St)
St John Street The Fox Inn 0
Spa Lane Durham Ox Trade directories have 1876 William Brown
New Street Prince of Wales

1881 Census shows Thomas Littlewood as Licensed Victualler.

Trade directories have 1876 Wm Milner 1895 & 1900Joseph Hurst

The Globe Trade directories have in 1876 William Anderson 1895 John Dawson 1900 Frank Hatton
Spital Hill ~The Mason’s Arms Trade directories have in 1895 William Burton and 1900 Maria Burton
The Plough
~The Sun

Pigots 1828-9 states run by Jane Walker.

Trade directories have in 1895 William Aldridge in 1900 Tom & William Aldridge 1925 James Edward Bedford 1936 Ernest Bogg

(Was known as The New Sun) Now known as The Revolution Mill (2001, now changed into flats Dec 2011)

Canal Tavern
Albert Road ~The Albert Trade directories have in 1895 & 1900 George Fletcher in 1925 George Hurst
~Clinton Arms Trade directories have in 1876 Chas Nicholson 1895 James Hopkinson 1900 William Charles Pike 1925 Harry Callandine00
Moulders Arms
Cobwell Road ~The Northern Inn Trade directories show 1895 Louisa Hinitt 1900 William Aldridge 1936 Chas Wm Fox
London Road Railway Inn Demolished in 1968, replaced by The Joiners Arms.
Oddfellows Trade directories have in 1895 Charles Hibbert in 1900 George Gotts
~Joiners Arms *List of Innkeepers/licensees from local paper article in 1987
Nags Head Not mentioned by Roffey but in RITP pg19
~Whitehouses Not mentioned by Roffey but in RITP pg19
 Moorgate  Red Lion  Trade directories have 1876 Charlotte Mottashed in 1895 Mary Credland in 1900 William Burnett & Charlotte Mottashed
George Trade directories have in 1895 & 1900 George Launders
~Blackboy Trade directories have 1895 & 1900 James Cowley 1925 Lilian Betson 1936 Frank Anderson
~Brick & Tile

Pigots 1828-9 ahows run by Rd (Richard?) Cobb.

Trade directories have 1895 James Freeman 1900 George Bonnington 1925 Hugh McNearnie

Queens Head

Trade directories have in 1900 George Haughton in 1925 Robert Hesslewood

Now changed to chinese restaurant (2001)

Black Bull Pigots directory 1828-9 shows run by Geo Ibbetson and situated on Moorgate. (Did this pub change its name?)
Black’s Head Pigots 1828-9 shows run by John Shay
Wharf Road ~Ship Inn

Pigots 1828-9 states run by Thomas Foster on York Street

Trade directories have in 1876 & 1895 David Worsley Frecknall in 1900 Joseph Freeman

Change of name to The Rum Runner 2000/2001

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Trade directories show in 1895 & 1900 John Crossland

1881 Census shows Robert Chadwick as Innkeeper

Hospital Road Boat Inn

Pigots 1828-9 state run by Bilby Dixon at West Town Wharf

Trade directories have …… Thomas Woodcock

 Queens Road  Queens Hotel

Trade directories have in 1900 Geo Ganer in 1925 Walter Lockwood

Building now being used by a computer company (2001)

 Thrumpton  ~New Inn

*List of Innkeepers/Licensees from local paper article in 1987

Trade directories have 1895 John Batty and 1900 Frederick Blagg

Was known as Sloanes, now a Ma Hubbards (2001) Now known as The Birches? Dec 2011

 Rifleman’s Arms  Trade directories have in 1895 & 1900 Wm Ledger
 The Square
 West Street  ~The White Lion
 North Road  ~The King & Miller

*List of Innkeepers/Licensees from local paper article in 1987

Not mentioned in Roffey’s list.

 Welham Road  ~The Hop Pole

*List of Innkeepers/Licensees from local paper article in 1987.

Trade directory shows 1900 Walter Carlidge

Not mentioned in Roffey’s list.

Ordsall ~The Market Hotel

*List of Innkeepers/Licensees from local paper article in 1987

Not mentioned in Roffey’s list.

~The Clumber Inn

*List of Innkeepers/Licensees from local paper article in 1987

Not mentioned in Roffey’s list.

White Horse Pigots 1828-9 state run by Jno Sherratt
Hallcroft ~The Flying Scotsman
West Retford Wagon & Horses Pigots 1828-9 state run by Jas Rayner
Mermaid Pigots 1828-9 state run by Francis C Lamb
not known The Criterion Trade directory 1900 George Lowe 1925 Thomas Jones
Railway Station? 1925 William Greathead
Temperance Hotel 1925 Geo Halford
Osbourne 1895 Walter Kirkby
Barnby Moor White Horse Pigots1828-9 state run by Ann Scott
Clarborough Gate Pigots 1828-9 state run by John Footitt

Also:-

Off Bridgegate Originally names “The Mayflower” now named ” The Phoenix”

I have now added some details from some trade directories – mainly Kelly’s and Pigots. Pigots in particular has some different street names from those we know today, some fit in with what we already know. Updated 23rd August 2002.

Updated 10/12/2011