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The Golden Lion PH, The Broadway, Houghton-le-Spring

The Golden Lion is thought to be Houghton’s oldest public house and originated as a coaching inn. The earliest records go back to 1824, however the pub is certainly much older. Indeed, large parts of the old building remain, such as the stables at the rear. Copyright © Books of the North 2011

An old view of the Golden Lion pub in Houghton's Broadway

The pub has a snug, a bar, backroom and small kitchen. A cellar room is located behind the bar and features a drain connected to the Houghton burn culvert. The upstairs is most unusual, with several rooms of different sizes, offering views out onto the Broadway and churchyard. Copyright © Books of the North 2011


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The Golden Lion pub in Houghton's Broadway, 2007


But the most famous face of all is Jean Holland, the long serving barmaid who joined the Golden Lion in June 1982. Copyright © Books of the North 2011.

The rear of the Golden Lion pub in Houghton-le-Spring.  These buildings were used as stables in the days when it was a coaching inn
Inside the stable's loft of the Golden Lion pub, Houghton-le-Spring

 

Article and research by Paul Lanagan, local historian

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Paul Lanagan wishes to place on record his thanks to the following:

With thanks to Paul Thompson, publican, Rachael Thompson, Jean Holland, Linda Murray, and Ron Lawson, pub historian. Special thanks are extended to Dr Jack Morley, for trawling the censuses for publicans. 1973 reference from the Journal, March 19th 2007. 1881 landlord given by a visitor at an exhibition during Houghton Feast 2011.

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The Golden Lion's past landlords, licensed victuallars and inn keepers 1841 - Thomas Surtees 1871 - Mark Jobling 1890 - George Harding 1891 - Hugh Sydney 1901 - Robert Crofton 1911 - Thomas Gittens
Agar, Geo. vict. Victoria Inn, Robinson St
Berry, Wm. vict. Red Lion, Church St.
Clark, Timothy, vict. Lamb Inn, Newbottle Lane
Dixon, James Turnbull, vict. White Lion and Commercial Hotel, Sunderland St.
Dixon, T, vict. Halfway House, Newbottle Lane (see below)
Fleming, Mrs A, vict. County Arms, Sunderland St.
Fletcher, Rbt, vict, Bonny Pit Lad, Newtown vFuller, Francis, vict. & threshing machine prop., Copt Hill Inn, Copt Hill
Gray, Robt. vict, Colliery Inn, Newbottle Lane
Hall, H, vict. Newcastle Arms, Newbottle Lane
Hall, Hugh, vict. Golden Lion, Sunderland St.
Harrison, Marmaduke Tomlins Parkin, vict. Cross House, Hutton Lane
Haswell, George, vict. and farmer, Jolly Farmers, Market Place
Moffitt, Wm, vict. Robbie Burns, Newbottle Lane
Patrick, Edwd, vict. Black Horse, Market Place
Pickering, William, vict. Sportsman Tavern, Newtown
Place, Wm, vict. Mill Inn, Rainton bridge
Rennoldson, Thomas, vict and farmer, Wheat Sheaf, Neasham Place
Richardson, Mrs M A, vict. Bay Horse, Sunderland St.
Rigby, T, vict, Lamton Arms, Newbottle Lane
Scott John, shopkeeper, Newbottle Lane, Halfway House (see above)
Shields, W, vict, Nag's Head, Newbottle Lane
Smith, W, beerhouse, Prince of Wales, Hopper St
Smith, William Bell, vict. Queen's Head, Sunderland Street
Smyth, Mrs Isa, vict. White Lion, Sunderland St
Turnbull, Mrs E, vict. Royal Oak, Newbottle Lane
Turnbull, William Benjamin, grocer, wine and spirit merchant, Newbottle Lane
Waller, T, vict. Ram's Head, Sunderland St vWelsh, Nrs E, beerhouse, Albert Inn, Newbottle Lane
Wheatley, G. jr., vict. Malster's Arms, Newton
Wilson, G, vict. Britannia Inn, Newbottle Lane
Wilson, Wm, vict. Black Lion, Sunderland St