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Golden Cock Inn


Golden Cock Inn
Description:
c1901. North east side of Kirkgate (nos. 13 and 14) and entrance to Bewley Yard. Photograph by Alf Mattison. The photographer Alfred Mattison was born in Hunslet in 1868. His passion for local history led to lecturing, photography and writing. In 1908 he wrote "The Romance of Old Leeds" based on his articles and photos for the Yorkshire Daily Observer. He died following a street accident in Leeds in Sept 1944.

User Comments:

Name:
Dave Johnson

Comment:
This building was replaced with a more modern pub of the same name. It's now the Superdrug store.

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Name:
shaun boldison

Comment:
Yes this building was a pub right up to early 1980's it was called "The Precint" for the last few years of its serving life. In the 1960'S it was still called "The Golden Cock" and it was my grandparents pub, when i was a baby i lived there with my parents and grandparents for some years.

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Name:
frances wicks/kirlew

Comment:
Well dave you just told me something that`s been bugging me for years, and i was just talking to my daughter about it the other day. I have a very vague memory from my childhood of being in some public house with my mother and father - must have been a yard out back we were in though - and when we came out i remember seeing woolworths right there in front of me and my mother went in to have her picture taken in the little photo booth they had in there. All these years i could not figure out which pub it could have been and i thought my mind must be playing tricks on me - but yes - it was the golden cock ! I remember now my mother liked to call for a glass of guiness at the golden cock when we were in town shopping and we would sit in a yard type thing. That`s obviously where it was - where superdrug is now - and that`s why i remember seeing woolworth`s because woolworth`s was right opposite wasn`t it back then ? Well thanks for that dave - thought i was going mad !!

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john allen

Comment:
this brings back some memories my mam and aunti used to take me in on a saturday afternoon , and sit in a yard at the back with a bag og of crisp and a bottle of pop.

Date:
05-Apr-2013

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Chris Holmes

Comment:
Through the passage into Bewley Yard, in 1841 my 3x Great Grandma and Grandad William and Martha Simpson lived there. Grandad was a Brewer and went on to become Innkeeper of the Black Boy Inn.

Date:
10-Apr-2013

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cjholmesleeds@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
p walton

Comment:
The current Superdrug building which was the Golden Cock AKA The Dirty Lady..Is an Art Deco Building build in the 1930s..Upstairs there are the most beautiful Burmantofts Tile Pictures

Date:
18-May-2013

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John Bean

Comment:
What would the renovators of the Victoria quarter arcades have made of those suspended lamps. They are wonderful, the Victorians certainly gave Leeds character. It's a pity the more modern day councillors seem to want it to be transformed into a coloured concrete slab city. If I applied to the planners to paint my home any of these colours (ie it would not balance with nearby properties) I'd be lucky to get a response. We have some wonderful buildings in the city maybe some of the architects who design the newer properties (if they know where Leeds is at all) should visit from their ivory towers and acknowledge that Leeds has history and if they want their buildings to be appreciated and last the test of time, so they themselves are remembered. Then take heed and build in some character. Around the Armouries or leaving Leeds along East street should tell them what not to do.

Date:
24-Aug-2013

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Brian Thomas

Comment:
I think the 'Golden Cock' was frequented by many theatricals when they were performing in Leeds

Date:
29-Dec-2013

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helensdad@mac.com

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
This inn has what you could call a 'shop-frontage'. It reminds me of some of the bars you often come across in Ireland. I remember one time having to go through a busy shoe shop in order to gain access to the bar in a room at the back. Old pictures of public houses in bygone times often depict similar images. When was it that pubs. started to become places which you had difficulty in seeing into from the outside? Was it around about the time when The Anti-Drinking lobby began to gain strength and influence?

Date:
10-Oct-2014

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Jon Barnfather

Comment:
Bewley's yard behind was named after a Robert Bewley (a plane/tool maker) around 1790> he made his wares there he and his wife were victuallers at the Golden Cock, ...not that I remember...I just collect the tools. Although I do remember the 'Boxing ring' dance floor pub in the 1970's

Date:
12-Jan-2015

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Name:
graham sadler

Comment:
correct me if i'm wrong but was the shop to the left of this pic in the early 70's called 'seen and heard ' ?

Date:
04-Feb-2015

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Name:
J Barnfather

Comment:
Yes, you are correct it would have been 'Scene(seen) and Heard' near the corner near thr Yorks.Bank but these old buildings were demolished and rebuild in the 1930's.

Date:
09-Mar-2015

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Name:
Martin Beaumont

Comment:
The Golden Cock on Kirkgate was probably built in the 1830s and replaced the earlier Harewood Arms, on the same site (see 1815 and 1847 Leeds plans in library). Sir John Hawkshaw, famous civil engineer and contemporary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born there in 1811. His father, Henry, was the inn-keeper but died in 1820. Confusingly, a later Harewood Arms was built on the junction of Harewood Street and Ebenezer Street, but this was quite different.

Date:
17-Mar-2016

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beaumontms@btinternet.com

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Name:
J M K Thomas

Comment:
The Home Office files at the National Archives have an interesting reference to The Golden Cock in Kirkgate Leeds. Oliver, their spy reports attending a meeting of radicals at the Golden Cock, Kirkgate, Leeds at the end of May 1817.

Date:
30-Mar-2016

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
In 1841 the Innkeeper of the Golden Cock was William Dobbings, wife Isabella plus children,William, Emma, Thomas & Richard. Father William was born in 1795 and lived until 1888. His sons also were Innkeepers.

Date:
09-Jul-2018

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Name:
Ray

Comment:
I lived there from 1974 until 1985 when it was the Precinct. Happy Days.

Date:
08-May-2020

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