Leeds nostalgia: Ancient inns and taverns

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In another age, when the streets of Leeds were lit by gas and stained with the soot of industry, the citizens of the city sought entertainment and sustenance in the Inns and taverns that stood on many a cobbled street.

A group of Victorian men, attired in bowler hats and festooned with watch chains was captured outside the Victoria Inn at Hunslet by a photographer wielding a glass plate camera.

A group of Victorian men, attired in bowler hats and festooned with watch chains was captured outside the Victoria Inn at Hunslet by a photographer wielding a glass plate camera.

A group of Victorian men, attired in bowler hats and festooned with watch chains was captured outside the Victoria Inn at Hunslet by a photographer wielding a glass plate camera.

At the Olde King’s Arms in picture there was clearly a huge celebration taking place when the pub was smothered in flags and bunting. Was this a royal occasion we ask or maybe the marking of some international victory?

Fancy dress was the order of the day at the Old Blue Ball and a ban on smoking would have been laughable to these men outside the Globe Inn on Sackville Street in 1880.

One cannot help but wonder about what happened to the family who ran the Eagle Tavern but like many of these atmospheric establishments this one was finally demolished in 1936.

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