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The Red Lion Inn, 1 Church Street, Houghton-le-Spring


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The three-storied building that was the Red Lion Inn can be found on the corner of Church Street, which was originally known as Commons Lane then Church Row. When viewed from the Broadway, you cannot help but notice the marker stone which reads: HYT 14ft. Does any reader know what this relates to? Copyright © Books of the North 2011

The Red Lion Inn, Church Street, July 1933

Many will recall Crosthwaite’s dental practice above the Red Lion, with access through a door on Durham Road. No doubt many nipped into the Red Lion for a tot of ‘Dutch courage’ before ascending the stairs to Crosthwaite’s dentist chair! Copyright © Books of the North 2011


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Noteworthy proprietors/occurrences include:

1798 – Mentioned as one of the main Postal Inns from which riders and coaches conveyed both mail and passengers.
1827 & 1829 – Thomas Reed
1834 – Robert Liddell
1841 - Robert Liddell, innkeeper & victualler
1851 - Robert Liddle/ Samuel Liddell
1855 – Margaret Liddell
1858 - Robert Cooke
1861 - John Horton b. 1799, master blacksmith & victualler
1871 - Thomas Horton b. 1824, blacksmith & victualler
1881 & 1890 - Thomas Waller b. 1838, innkeeper
1891 & 1894 - William Berry b1829, innkeeper
1901 - Mary Rigby b1850, innkeeper
1911 - Elizabeth Park b1849, innkeeper
1914 – John Thomas Park
1920s – Sunderland District Tramways Ltd’s Parcel Receiving & Left Luggage Office was housed on the corner of Church Street and Durham Road.
1933 – Peter Wilson, landlord. A photograph from this time shows that the pub stocked Vaux’s ales.
1938 – William Wilson
1975 – The Red Lion PH closed
1993 – advert – Moody Stappard & Hill, estate agents, valuers, surveyors and financial advisers.
2010 - At the time of writing, May 2010, Number 1 is currently occupied by Hodgson & Coulthard (Probate Office) and Moody & Co Estate Agents


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The old Red Lion building, Church Street, Houghton-le-Spring, 2009
The old Red Lion building on the corner of Church Street, 2009. Copyright © Books of the North 2011

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Front view of the Red Lion Inn building, Church Street, Houghton-le-Spring, 2009
Front view of the Red Lion pub building, Houghton-le-Spring, 2009

 

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 Ron Lawson, pub historian, to Dr Jack Morley for trawling the censuses for publicans, and to Phil Cook for the 1933 photograph showing landlord Peter Wilson.

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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