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The Lambton Arms Pub, 87 Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring


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The Lambton Arms public house was located at 87 Newbottle Street, next to the junction of Station Road, and was, of course, named after the coat of arms for the Lambton family, members of the nobility. Copyright © Books of the North 2011

The Lambton Arms pub, Houghton-le-Spring, in the mid 1930s

Attached to the pub was a retailer known as the Benefit Boot Company, while next door (to the right) was Tymms drapery. Copyright © Books of the North 2011


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Noteworthy occurrences and/or landlords for this pub include:

1827 – Landlord of the Lambton Arms public house, Newbottle Road, was David Keith.
1851 – Landlord of the Lambton Arms public house, Newbottle Lane, was Richard Price.
1861 – Ralph Collison, miner and victualler.
1871 – William Minto, tailor and publican.
1881 – George Allen.
1891 & 1894 – Thomas Rigby, licensed Victualler, lived at the Lambton Arms with his wife Mary, and mother-in-law Margaret Fletcher (nee Brownless). By 1901, Mary Rigby was widowed and innkeeper of the Red Lion on Church Street!
1901 - Jane Winter.
1911 - Thomas Gibbins.
1938 - Jason H. H. Duff.
1992 – advert – Derek and Rosie are the new tenants. 1993 advert says ‘Come and meet Derek & Rosie’.
c1998 – The Lambton Arms pub was set on fire.
c1999 – Purchased by Tesco, who hoped to open a new shop, however the Cooperative was granted permission and opened nearby.
2002 – The Lambton Arms was purchased by Ray Garden and Kevin Elliot of Elliot & Garden Insurance. The building was renovated as seven units, while the pub’s cellar was concreted and sealed. 87 and 89 are now collectively known as Lambton House, Newbottle Street, and is occupied by:

1 Lambton House – Elliot & Garden Insurance Services (formerly of 77 Newbottle St); in April 2008 Giles Insurance acquired Elliot Garden.
2 Lambton House – Gas engineer’s office; then Brambles Catering;
3 Lambton House – Pals Hair Salon;
4 Lambton House – Eden Nail & Beauty;
5 Lambton House (upstairs) – Elliot Garden’s commercial office;
6 & 7 Lambton House (upstairs) – Warings Solicitors. When they vacated Elliot & Garden took over the unit as part of their expansion; currently vacant.

The Lambton Arms pub is now known as Lambton House, as seen here on Newbottle Street in 2009
The Lambton Arms pub is now known as Lambton House, as seen here on Newbottle Street in 2009. Copyright © Books of the North 2011
The Lambton Arms pub is now known as Lambton House, as seen here on Newbottle Street in 2011
A final glimpse at Lambton House, Newbottle Street, formerly the Lambton Arms pub. Copyright © Books of the North 2011

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Article and research by Paul Lanagan, local historian

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

Thanks go to the following people: Raymond Garden for information on the conversion of the derelict Lambton Arms into Lambton House; and to Linda Rowley for information about her ancestor, Thomas Rigby. As always a nod is given to Ron Lawson, Durham pub historian. Census entries kindly supplied by Dr Jack Morley.

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