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The Highfield Public House at the junction of West Mount Street and South Ridge Street


The Highfield Public House at the junction of West Mount Street and South Ridge Street
Description:
7th July 1964, View of the Highfield Public House taken from the junction of West Mount Street with South Ridge Road. The building has been altered at some point as areas have been bricked up, probably due to modernisation work. The entrance to the Highfield has been tiled at ground floor level and has a smart and well kept appearance.

User Comments:

Name:
Jim Wheeler

Comment:
My Dad and later myself used the Highfield regularly. The landlords name after the second world war was Joe Brogden.I lived in Westmount Place so it really was my local. The door that can be seen at the side of the building on the left was the 'Jug and Bottle' outsales, and I can still see the old ladies each Sunday lunchtime sitting on the benches enjoying their halves of beer before going home to make the Sunday roast. Happy days!!

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Name:
Sandra Bellenie(nee Stones)

Comment:
My Grandma was Sarah(Sally) Brogden, and she was actually the Landlady of the Highfield. She was one of the longest serving Landladies in Leeds, being there for approx. 32 years. I lived in the pub for most of my life up to the age of about 15. My Dad was William (Billy) Stones. My Grandma was a very good dart & dom's player, and was also the President of The Leeds Ladies Licensed Victuallers Assn. Joe Brodgen was her second husband, and I remember I called him Uncle Joe. She was previously called Sarah Stones.I have photo's of the VE day celebrations held in the pub when I was a toddler. Names I remember are-my friends Christine Broadhurst & Susan White, customers Harry Nettleton & Billy Fincham. I used to paint & decorate the big pub mirrors for Christmas with Santa & Babycham Bambi's pulling the sledge! The beer came from the Melbourne Brewery, later taken over by Tetleys. Joe Hird took over the pub when my Grandma retired aged over 70. I loved staying at the pub and have very fond memories of it.

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Name:
Susan Holmes(nee White) d.o.b. 1944

Comment:
As a child me and sister Joan often went with dad Jack to visit grandma and grandad White (Elsie and John) who lived at 27 Highfield Street (the street just showing behind the car). I remember playing with Sandra Stones at her grandma's pub when it was closed. It was very exciting when the brewery waggon came to deliver beer etc. The shire horses were enormous and had brass trimmings and looked magnificent.

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susan.holmes@btinternet.com

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Name:
parksider

Comment:
i remember the highfield pub very well,i lived on tempest rd then in the 60s..i remember Joe the landlord he ran a great pub..very homeley never any trouble..after he left the pub he had a fruit and veg shop on beeston rd..

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Name:
Lexi Dawson

Comment:
I've been tracing my family tree for quite a while now and after hitting a brick wall I decided to type Highfield Hotel, Beeston, Leeds into the search bar. This is what came up! I hold a tenancy agreement dated 12th January 1927 for my great grandad to take over the tenancy of this establishment. Please please please has anyone any more information from this time??? My great grandad's name was Walter Dawson and some time in the same year he married my great grandma Lucy Peech. I don't know how long they held the tenancy for but would be grateful for ANYTHING you have!! I can let you all know that the contract drawn up cost 15 shillings and the yearly rent was £60!!!! The brewery at the time was Leeds and Wakefield Breweries LTD.

Email:
lexipaul@hotmail.com

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Name:
Sue Haigh nee Spurr/akaSusan Barry

Comment:
I used to go to Beeston YMCA and after closing time there at 10 o'clock some of us would walk down to the Highfield for a drink. I would sit there all night with half a mild, think it cost 11 1/2d. It was very friendly, some of us were under age but I don't ever remember there being any trouble.

Date:
25-Aug-2011

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Name:
Patricia Smith

Comment:
The tenants at The Highfield at around the time of this photograph were Joe and Lillian Hurd who were friends of my parents, Arthur and Eileen Moss, who ran The Punchbowl on Town Street, Beeston.

Date:
20-Sep-2011

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Name:
Janet Ellison now Goldstraw

Comment:
My great grandparents, the Haytons, managed this pub around the turn of the century.

Date:
14-Jun-2013

Email:
jansumner@bigpond.com

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Name:
Barbara Fisher

Comment:
The Highfield Hotel on South Ridge Street, I believe was owned and/or operated in the 1880's by my great=grandfather Richard Michael Thornton (born 1839) and his wife MaryAnn Farrar (born 1842. They lived with their family above the pub According to the 1881 census, their seven children lived there together with Richard's father, also named Richard, and two other men who may have been boarders. Richard's third daughter Esther was my maternal grandmother. This past week, my son John visited Leeds on business and has been filling me in on what may have happened to the old pub. Richard Thornton lost the pub in the late 1880's or early 1890's. He died in 1891 of throat cancer at the early age of 51

Date:
23-Jun-2017

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Name:
D.JEMPSON

Comment:
I had my first pint in this public house. Once because I was small at 18 year old the landlord ask me if I was 18 he only just believed me. The friends with me were not old enough to drink but he never asked them, of course they were taller than me.

Date:
16-Apr-2019

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sidjempo@gmail.com

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Name:
Karen Clarkson

Comment:
My mum Eileen everitt now Fletcher used to work in the Highfield when Joe and Lillian had the pub and met my dad barrie Fletcher in here. Joe and Lillian were my mums auntie and uncle. Billy Fincham was the father of Bill Fincham Jr who married Margaret Hurd one of the twins... Pat and Margaret Hurd. Grandad everitt Harry and my grandma Anne everitt used to both drink in the Highfield and my dad barrie Fletcher asked my grandad for permission to marry mum in the highfield. I have to say that reading some of the comments out to my mum has been interesting for me as I have been able to learn so much more about family. Mum says she remembers Eileen and Arthur moss.

Date:
23-May-2019

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Name:
Mike Pawson

Comment:
Karen Clarkson was your dad Barrie Fletcher the son of the Fletchers who had an off licence on Kiln Street in the 1940-50 era and then moved to another one on Cemetery Road? Billy Fincham is also a very familiar name, must have been the son but I can't place him. David Hurd was Joe & Lillian's son, I don't remember the twins. The garden wall on the left is that of the Walker family, son David, next door to them were the Shires, sons Keith and David, further down Westmount St. on the same side as the pub were the Rae family, son Alan. In the room to the left hand side of the door was where we played dominoes and in the room to the right where we listened to all the latest hits on a record player. Happy days, fond memories, a lovely pint and as others have remarked never any trouble.

Date:
03-Jul-2019

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