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Picture source: David Gray
The Gate was situated at 90 Rood End Road. This
pub is now used as a builders merchants. This pub was present by 1885 and
I lived at The Gate,Rood End, from 1976-1980
when it was run by my parents Roy and Margaret Harris.
Back then it was a very popular community type pub with a x3 main drinking
A bar which was at the front of the building behind the two large windows in
the left of the picture. The bar had a very ornate back shelf of carved wood
and many mirrors which ran the length of the bar.
Next to the bar was the “G.O” which was a small snug bar on the right end of
the building behind the right hand large window. G.O stood for Gentlemen
Only as apparently right up until we moved there and the law had been
changed this was exclusively for male customers!
At the back of the build was a reasonably large lounge decked out in a
Scottish Highland theme for some reason known as only to the brewery
There was a walled car park at the rear of the building and some evidence
here of a demolished stable block.
Alongside the pub was a very fine, crown bowling green and large garden
It was a very busy pub especially at the weekends.
In the summer the bowling team usually had a match on a Saturday and mom
would prepare them a tea for when it was finished, all very civilised.
However later in the evening when the beer had flowed the bowlers used to be
very raucous, particularly if they had won.
My youngest sister was born while we lived in the pub. She was the first
baby born there for a number of years which led to news article being
printed in the local paper.
Geoff Harris (December 2023)
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