Today, when so many pubs and clubs are shutting down, it's easy to forget that they were one of the centres of social life in Hunslet until recently. In a  1936 trade directory there were 54 pubs listed in Hunslet. In those days they were the province of men: women didnít drink in pubs in 1930s. They used to sit on a bench by the pub "snicket" (side door) or have beer brought back home in a jug.

As well as pubs there were several working men's clubs, such as East Hunslet Liberal Club (Waterloo Road), South Ward Liberal Club , and Hunslet Labour Club (Moor Road).

Many pubs and clubs would organise trips to the seaside, either for the men, or   for members' children. East Hunslet Liberal Club would hire two coaches for the children's annual trip to Cleethorpes.

Today there are 12 pubs in Hunslet. The table below shows the pubs listed in trade directories of 1851, 1901 and 1936, and today's pubs.
1 Anchor (early 1970s)

1 Anchor (early 1970s)

2 Black Horse (1913)

2 Black Horse (1913)

3 Black Horse (early 1970s)

3 Black Horse (early 1970s)

4 British Queen (1985)

4 British Queen (1985)

5 Brookfield Hotel (1985)

5 Brookfield Hotel (1985)

6 George IV (undated)

6 George IV (undated)

7 Goodman Hotel (1985)

7 Goodman Hotel (1985)

8 Grove Hotel (1961)

8 Grove Hotel (1961)

9 King's Arms (1960)

9 King's Arms (1960)

10 Mulberry Hotel (2009)

10 Mulberry Hotel (2009)

11 New Harrogate (1964)

11 New Harrogate (1964)

12 Old Red Lion (1974)

12 Old Red Lion (1974)

13 Pine Apple Inn (undated)

13 Pine Apple Inn (undated)

14 Prince Albert (1938)

14 Prince Albert (1938)

15 Robin Hood (1964)

15 Robin Hood (1964)

16 A sad Spotted Dog (early 1970s)

16 A sad Spotted Dog (early 1970s)

17 Station Hotel (1964)

17 Station Hotel (1964)

18 Swan with Two Necks (undated)

18 Swan with Two Necks (undated)

Images 2, 6,8,9,11,13,14,15,17,18 copyright of Leeds Library and Information Services. Images 5 and 7 from Peter Williams
Hunslet remembered
A pub has been on this site on Whitfield Way since 1833. It adopted its present name in 1849, probably because of the market gardens in the area. Today's building - a superb example of late Victorian/early Edwardian architecture - was built in 1903.  In 1970, Leeds City Council and Tetley's wanted to demolish it as part the redevelopment of the wider area. It was saved following pressure from some planners who lived nearby, and a local councillor. It became a listed building in 1972. The facade has soft-bronze coloured tiles and the entrance hall mosaic floor tiles. The Tap Room is tiled in cream, eau-de-nil and bronze. There is decorated and etched glass throughout the pub, and rich mahogany woodwork.

Source: Old inns and pubs of Leeds (Barry Pepper, 1988); Listed Buildings details
A dying swan: The Swan Hotel, also known as The Swan with Two Necks. The location was known as the Swan Junction. (photo 1974)
The windows of The Engine on Moor Road mark the world's first commercial railway (photo 2009)
Pubs photo gallery. Click to open a pop-up
Sun Inn (photo 2009)
The Brassmoulder's Arms, Church Street (photo 1974)
A trip from the Anchor to Blackpool in the early 1960s
Image copyright of Leeds Library and Information Services
Garden Gate (photo 2009)
Garden Gate (photo 2009)
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    1851 1901 1936 Today Links and more info
Adeplhi Hotel Hunslet Road             
Albert Inn 71 South Accommodation Road          
Albion Hotel 135 Grape Street         Map
Anchor Inn 94 Church Street         Photo  Map
Black Bull Hotel 91 Hunslet Road          
Black Horse Inn 9 Walker's Court/Lawns Lane         Photo Map
Blooming Rose Inn 19 Burton Row         Map
Boy and Barrel Hunslet Road          
Boyne Tavern 119 Jack Lane         Map
Brassmoulders Arms 122 Church Street         Photo Map
Bridgefield Hotel 129 South Accommodation Road          
Britannia Inn 6 Belinda Street          
British Queen 28 Grape Street         Photo Map
Brookfield Hotel 11 Brookfield Street         Photo
Bull's Head Inn 219 Jack Lane          
Cabbage Inn 10 Leathley Road         Map
Clarence Hotel 2 Newby Street/1 Steel Street          
Cricketer's Arms Dewsbury Road         Map
Crooked Billet 61 Thwaite Gate         Map
Crooked Clock 2 Sussex Avenue         Formerly the Punch Clock
Cross Keys Hunslet Lane          
Crown Hotel 74 Hunslet Road          
Elephant and Castle Hunslet Lane          
Engine Inn Moor Road         Map The Locomotive Engine 1851
    1851 1901 1936 Today Links and more info
Exchange Branch Church Street          
Fenton Arms Inn 57 Thwaite Gate         Map
Garden Gate Inn 3 Whitfield Place         Article and photos Map
Gardener's Arms 33 Beza Street         Photo Map
George IV 43 Church Street         Photo Map
Goodman Hotel 44 Goodman Street         Photo
Green Man Hotel 77 Church Street         Photo and article Map
Grey Mare Inn 18 Low Road          
Grove Hotel 28 Grove Road         Photo Map
Hopewell Inn 16 Glasshouse Street         Photo Map
Horse and Jockey Hunslet Lane          
Jack Lane Jack Lane          
Junction Dewsbury Road ? ?     Map
King's Arms 4 Leek Street         Photo Map
Mexboro' Arms 68 Low Road          
Moorhouse Inn Moor Crescent   ? ?    
Mulberry Hotel 152 Hunslet Road         Photo Map Was The Mulberry Tree
Nag's Head Hunslet Lane          
New Bay Horse Woodhouse Hill Road         Article and photo Map Formerly The Bay Horse Hotel
New Harrogate 23 Anchor Street         Photo Map
New Inn 259 Dewsbury Road         Map
New Inn 127-129 Hunslet Road          
Old Red Lion Inn 49 Thwaite Gate         Photo Map
Parnaby Tavern 1 Middleton Road         Map Cemetery Tavern until 1956
Penny Hill 90 Church Street          
Pine Apple Inn 4 Ivory Street         Map Photo
Potter's Arms 35 Ebony Street          
Pottery Inn 97 Jack Lane         Map
Prince Albert Hotel 307 Hunslet Road         Photo
    1851 1901 1936 Today Links and more information
Prospect Inn 93 Moor Road         Map
Punch Bowl Church Street          
Queen 85 South Accommodation Road          
Railway Hotel 39 Balm Road         Map
Red House Church Street         Map
Robin Hood Hotel 17 Powell Street         Photo Map
Royal Exchange 7 Branch Church Street         Map
Royal George Hotel 201 Hunslet Road          
Royal Inn 103 South Accommodation Road          
Scarboro' Castle 70-72 Hunslet Lane          
Spinning Wheel Admiral Street          
Spotted Dog 58 Church Street         Photo Map
Station Hotel 67 Hillidge Road         Photo Map
Sun Inn 134 Church Street         Photo Map
Swan Hotel 1 Waterloo Road/2 Low Road         Photo 1 Photo 2 Map
Union Inn 12 Pearson Street         Map
Union Tavern 143 Meadow Lane         Map
Victoria Inn 135-139 Hunslet Road         Photo
Volunteer Inn 34 Glasshouse Street         Map
Waggon and Horses 164 Hunslet Road          
Wellington Hotel Low Road         Formerly The Organ
Whitehouse Hotel 46 Whitehouse Street         Map
White House 76-78 Low Road          
White Lion Inn 99-101 Hunslet Road