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Lord Byron, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire

Picture source: Mike Guess


 
The Masham Hotel was situated on Linthorpe Road and has now been converted to shop units.
 

Good to see the photograph of the Masham though sad to hear it has closed like so many other pubs.

I was brought up in the north east of England (born in Saltburn, lived in Skelton until age 20). Moved to the south in 1984 (Portsmouth area), lots of rivalry between southerners (namby pamby bedwetting puffters) and northerners (hard men of steel etc). We used to say that the softy southerners wouldn’t be able to handle hard northern ways, and that they “wouldn’t make it past the Masham” if they ventured north and got off the train at Middlesbrough! It was a common expression used by my brother in law, Alan, and myself whenever we met up in the south (Alan was a Masker, from Marske, note the missing ‘r’ – southerners would have pronounced it with 3 ‘a’s and 4 ‘r’s).

Having spent 25 years in the south, despite my (softening) northern accent I would probably be regarded as more of a southerner these days, and sad to say there are just as many pubs closing down here as in the north. But the Masham will always remain in my memory as the pub that tested the southerners when they arrived in the north. Definitely a legend.

Mike Jackson (March 2011)
 
In the 1960s they had a parrot in a large cage hanging from the ceiling. The air was full of cigarette smoke, how he survived I don’t know. Talk about passive smoking.They sold warm chicken rolls for a shilling, 5p. they were beautiful.
Richard Cooper (December 2015)
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Craig Allison 1968 We had our wedding reception in the upstairs room of the pub.
Anne Marie Smith 1995/1997 Looking for Marc Smith and Dave Ayton. Please get in touch