Gipsy Queen, Kirkgate, Huddersfield

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  • also known as: Gipsey Queen
  • location: Kirkgate, Huddersfield
  • status: probably does not exist
  • category: public house, beerhouse, inn, etc.

A beerhouse kept by the petty criminal Henry "The Burton Slasher" Wilson in the early 1850s and "was notorious as a meeting place for known criminals."[1]

By 1857, the landlord was Benjamin Jessop. In October 1857, Jessop and his wife were charged with "not maintaining good order and rule on [their] premises, by knowingly permitting persons of bad character to assemble therein." The Huddersfield Chronicle reported that "the details of the case are of too disgusting a character to be given in full" but summarised the court case by stating that "two girls, kept ostensibly as servants, were really kept for the most disgraceful purposes, and that the landlord and his wife regularly received the proceeds of their infamy." Jessop was fined £20 and had his licence revoked. The magistrates also ruled no licence should be issued for the premises for at least two years.

It seems likely the Gipsy Queen never reopened.


The exact location of the beerhouse on Kirkgate is not certain.

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