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Black Horse

Date of photo: 1980s

Picture source: Alan Norwood

The Black Horse was a typical Village Pub. It had existed for many years, but the village itself consisted of a handful of houses, so in 1990 it closed.
In the early years of the 20th Century, my Grandfather, who lived in Cornsay Colliery, used to walk the 2 or 3 miles to the Black Horse where he would play the piano on Saturday nights.
At that time it was also the starting point for the local fox hunt.
During the 1970s/80s it was noted for its meals.
Being the only feature in Cornsay apart from the village green, the villagers fought to keep it open, but the owner/landlord applied for it to be converted into a dwelling and the County Council approved the application. This left the village, which already had no Church, no shop, no school, no bank or post office and no village hall, with no centre at all.
Source: Alan Norwood

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Picture source: Alan Norwood