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City Of Mabgate Inn
19th March 2002. View of the City Of Mabgate Inn with its green tile facade dates C.1857. Hanging flower baskets decorate the exterior and a sign advertises 'eight guest ales always available'. A whitbread Inn, the pub has a cholera burial ground opposite.

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Janette Priestley

It is believed that many years ago, the Mabgate pub was linked by an underground tunnel to the palace pub in leeds city centre, and apparently, some evidence of this was found when works were carried out on the site of the old woodpecker junction. It is also thought that the mabgate pub earned its name from the olden day prostitutes, known as mable's, who used to frequent the pub, and the area around it.

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Graham A. Schofield

Janette Priestley may well be right with her comment about the origin of the name Mabgate. There is an old 19th century word "Mab" which meant:- To dress in a slack, slovenly, or careless manner.It was also used along with, Slattern, Drab, Frowdie, Harlot, Hellicat, Hobby-Horse, Hoyden, Jade, Slut, Strumpet, Tassel, Mouldy-Pudding, Loose-Stocking, Kicksy-Wicksy, or one of over a hundred and fifty, or more, colourful expressions that were used to describe "The Ladies of the Night". In the 19th century, Mabgate itself may well have been "Mabs'- Gate".



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