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The Woolpack Inn

The Woolpack 1920

Title The Woolpack Inn
Date 1920
Location Yeadon
Photo ID G149
Comment The landlord was William Kirkbright, the boy in the doorway is his son Norman. In later life Norman became a popular Maths teacher at Benton Park School for many years.
The Woolpack 1979

JH090 – The Woolpack Inn, 1979.

The Woolpack Inn – 1979

The Woolpack Inn is located on New Road.
In 1838, Reuben Craven was the landlord ( born c1797 in the Bradford area. He died on 24.11.1843 in Yeadon)
He married Rebecca Dawson on 30 June 1824 at St. Peter’s Leeds and had 9 children.
The earliest records I have is he was at the Woolpack Inn in 1831, through to his death in 1843. 
Reuben also had an interest in the Cock and Bottle Inn which was situated on the South East side of the Upper
Head Row, Leeds. The cock and bottle was a coaching Inn.
Additional information from Judith Gardiner.

The Woolpack 2013

FB498 – The Woolpack Inn, 2013.

The Woolpack Inn – 2013

The Woolpack Inn is on New Road (A65), to the left is the corner with Gill Lane, the pub closed in September 2013 and has now re opened (March 2014)

Donated by Joanne Coultas.

The Woolpack 2013

FB499 – The Woolpack Inn, 2013.

The Woolpack Inn – 2013

The Inn dates back to at least 1838 when the landlord was Rueben Craven, followed by Jonathan Tillotson (1853), Chris Broscombe (1861), Ephraim Pearson (1867) and F W Lumby (1904).

Previous Comments:

My Dad went here often. We lived at 33 Gill Lane, just across New Road, and it was his favourite watering hole.
He worked at the Gas Works, just across the road, from 1935 until he retired in 1960 odd.
John Hopkinson.
01 October 2014.

Re JH090
Comments from our facebook page:

Ewen Pearson: I think it dates back further than that. My history teacher at Benton (Dave Welbourne) was passionate about local history & when he taught us about Turnpike roads & the industrial revolution brought it to life by saying it used to take a whole day for a horse and carriage to get from Leeds to Ilkley but after the road was built it could be done in 4 hours, including stopping for lunch at the Woolpack.
Also – I used to live in one of the cottages next to the Woolpack – it dated back approx 400 years and was originally stables when the Woolpack was a Coaching Inn. There is an arch in the stonework at the back from when it was stables.

Jean Dean: The Woolpack dates back pre 1800, it was built on what was then the green, Nether Yeadon, it was an original Coaching Inn, and one of the earliest post office’s when mail came by coach.

Rick Allan: Unofficial 6th Form Common Room 83-85.
Loved that place!

Mark Andrew Harrop: A nice pint of Tetley’s to be had in the late 70’s.

Consolidated by Elaine Ellwood. 29 November 2021.
Last updated: 17 January 2023 – All images updated.

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