Cheshire Cheese Inn, Manchester Road, Huddersfield

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  • location: 61 Manchester Road, Huddersfield
  • status: no longer exists
  • category: public house, beerhouse, inn, etc.

A beerhouse owned circa 1880 by A. Graham & Sons, possibly named after the noted Cheshire Cheese Inn in Derbyshire.

In the late 1860s the landlord was William Sanderson. By the late 1870s, Joseph Graham as the licencee before it was transferred to Joseph Haigh Graham in October 1881. Margaret Cookson was named as the landlady in 1893.

In April 1890, cart driver Levi Ecclesby was playing dominoes with butcher Allen Lodge when the pair got into an argument. It quickly escalated and a fight broke out and Ecclesby was kneed in the groin, causing a rupture and peritonitis — after several days in pain, he died at Huddersfield Infirmary. At the inquest, the Chief Constable felt there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute Lodge over the death.[1]

In January 1900, after Huddersfield Corporation workmen had carried out alterations to the beerhouse's cellar, a explosion occurred which blew landlord Mr. Vickerman against the cellar door. He managed to scramble free, but the door was reportedly broken into two by the impact.[2]

The beerhouse's licence was cancelled by local magistrates in February 1911 with compensation of £420 being awarded.[3] By the time the Census was taken on 2 April 1911, widow Anne Etty Stott was residing in the property with her four sons.

Landlords and Licensees

  • 1881 Census — beerhouse keeper widower Joseph Graham (67)
  • 12 October 1881 — Joseph Haigh Graham
  • 1891 Census — publican Fred Cookson (aged 34)
  • 189? — Margaret Cookson (widow of Fred Cookson)
  • 3 January 1894 — John Vickerman
  • 1901 Census — beerhouse keeper widower John Vickerman (aged 70)
  • 1 January 1902 — William Walker
  • 26 August 1903 — William Blackburn


The exact location of the beerhouse on Manchester Road is not certain. Based on the 1960 O.S. map which gives house numbers, the location of 61 Manchester Road is shown below:

Notes and References

  1. "Sad Fatality at Huddersfield" in Huddersfield Chronicle (12/Apr/1890).
  2. Leeds Times (06/Jan/1900).
  3. Leeds Mercury (14/Feb/1911) and Leeds Mercury (13/Jul/1911).