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Old Angel Inn, Bruntcliffe Crossroads

Old Angel Inn, Bruntcliffe Crossroads
Undated. Early postcard view showing the stone-built Old Angel Inn at Bruntcliffe Crossroads. The image is thought to date from before 1900. The inn was in a good position to attract trade from passing travellers on the turnpike roads, with the Leeds and Elland Road to the side and the Wakefield and Bradford Road to the front. The Bruntcliffe Mill is visible in the background, originally owned by Thomas Stephenson.

User Comments:

Graham A. Schofield

Bruntcliffe Mill no longer functions as such, but at least half of the actual building still survives. Its reduced height of two storeys now houses, at this moment in time (February 2018), the premises of 'Howden's Joinery Company'. Of course, 'The Old Angel Inn' is long gone, but oddly enough, a building of similar shape and size, now sits more or less where it once was. The old maps don't tell us the exact spot, down to the last Inch, Rod, Pole, or Perch, where this inn was located, but it would be nice to think that the new dwelling is sitting on the 'foot-print' of the Old Angel Inn. Look closely at the gable of the adjacent building (dwelling?). There appears to be a dark rectangular stain on the stonework, which hints of an advertisement which has been painted over. If you look at picture number, 2006124_162454 the stain appears much more pronounced, as perhaps being stonework closing off an original opening.. Further, note how the roof of the inn partly covers the bottom part of that stain. Then see how that section of the building is of a lighter colour than the rest. Could it be that that was an extension that took advantage of a redundant entrance. There is another clue. Look at where the rather tall chimney stack is situated. In the old days, chimneys were often built onto the outside of a dwelling, in order to help create maximum space within an already small internal area. Could it be that the chimney indicates the original end wall of the inn? A good example of an external chimney can be seen in picture number, 2003917_97047061. NB:- For those who might be interested, Rod, Pole and Perch are different names for what used to be called, a Lug, which was a length of 198" ( five and a half yards ).




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