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The Gate

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 closed c2010.
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 areas.
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 designers.
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 area.
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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