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One of Leeds’ oldest pubs, Whitelocks is a favourite haunt of both young and old, and can be found off Briggate down Turk’s Head Yard. The pub can trace its origins back to 1715 when it first became licensed to sell ale and porter. It became known as the Turk’s Head around 1784, hence the name of the yard.

In 1880 it was bought by the Whitelock family and later became Whitelock’s First City Luncheon Bar. It was also the first place in Leeds to get electric lighting.

One family member was Lupton Whitelock, an internationally renowned flautist who played for orchestras up and down the country. This led to the pub being frequented by eminent musicians such as Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Malcolm Sergeant. It was also frequented by stage celebrities such as Margot Fonteyn and Anna Neagle, and literary and artistic folk such as John Betjeman and Jacob Kramer. It was sold to Scottish and Newcastle Breweries in 1944.

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