Here are nine of Leeds's most unusual pub names - and the stories behind them

Leeds is known for having fantastic pubs - but some have very unusual and interesting names.

Saturday, 30th January 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st January 2021, 12:06 pm
The fascinating history behind the unusual names of pubs in Leeds.

This is because many of the city's most popular pubs have been serving the people of Leeds for more than a century and their names reflect the time in which they were established. Here we take you through the fascinating back stories behind the names..

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The Chemic, a popular real ale pub in Johnston Street in Woodhouse, was established in the early 1840s. It is named after Johnstons Chemical Works, a local factory that produced Vitriol – also known as Sulphuric Acid. The factory was demolished in the 1890s.

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The Drysalters, on Elland Road, is well known for welcoming away fans on Leeds United match days. It is named after the first landlord, Joseph Lee who's job was described as a 'drysalter'. Drysalters were dealers in a range of chemical products, including glue, varnish, dye and colourings.
The Cuthbert Brodrick in Millennium Square is now a Wetherspoons pub but it used to be the site of a pub baths, designed by architect Cuthbert Brodrick - who also designed Leeds Town Hall. Inside the pub are framed photographs of and histories of the landmarks around the building.
The Three Hulats in Chapel Allerton takes its name from the area's historic connection with the Saville family. The family were the earls of Mexborough and their coat of arms includes three hulats or owls.
The Scarbrough Hotel pub is a very busy pub in Bishopgate in Leeds city centre. It is not named after the seaside town of Scarborough, but after Henry Scarbrough who took on the property in 1826 when it was called the Kings Arms. It was taken over again in the 1890s by Fred Wood, who also owned Leeds City Varieties, who renamed it Scarbrough Hotel Public House in Henry Scabrough's honour.
Whitelock's is the oldest pub in Leeds and was first opened as the Turk's Head in 1715. According to the pub's blue plaque, the pub was rebuilt by the Whitelock family in the 1880s, hence the name.
The Adelphi, in Hunslet Road, is a beautiful, grand Victorian building built in 1901 by Thomas Winn, an architect who also designed the Cardigan Arms and Rising Sun. The origin of the name is not known, however, the word derives from the Greek word 'brother' and maybe be a reference to the pub being the showpiece for the nearby Tetley’s brewing empire, as it is recognised as one of their first 'Heritage Inns'.
The Arabian Horse in Aberford, is the only pub in the country with the name ‘Arabian Horse’. According to the local community, the name dates back to the arrival of Arabian Horses in this country for the racehorse bloodstock. They were stranded in Aberford due to bad weather and everyone, for several miles, came to see the ‘Arabs'.
The Old Unicorn in Bramley dates back to the year 1877, proven by a old date stone in the outdoor seating area. The name 'The Old Unicorn' is recorded in a local directory that was published in 1822 when John Firth was the landlord. However, it is not known whether the pub if it referred to the pub on the site of the now The Old Unicorn or over the pub that used to be over the road.