THE PUBS OF SCOTLAND RD
Prior to breweries being established beer was generally brewed in the home, but by the 1840s there were ten breweries operating in the Scotland Road locality. Some domestic dwellings were used for the purposes of selling beer they were known as beer-houses. In later years the owners or tenants of these beer houses had the exterior of the building modified to give the frontage a pub like structure. In the early 1900s it was claimed that there were more public houses on Scotland Road than in many average sized towns.
Scotland Road was to become known all over the world for its number of public houses and for the warm-hearted characters that frequented the pubs and often entertained the customers. Everyone had their own favourite local pub in which there was a profound friendship and loyalty amongst the customers. It was during the mass demolition of the Scotland Road area in the 1960s and 70s that many of the famous old public houses were demolished. Fond memories of these public houses can be evoked by the mere mention of the name and by a photograph. We welcome hearing from readers who may have some old photographs of pubs that once stood in the Scotland Road area.
PUB REGULARS ON DAY OUT TRIP
Our thanks go to Paddy McGrath for providing the Scottie Press Archive with a photograph, picturing regulars of Pat Legg's Pub on a day out. Paddy's sister, Jenny Hughes, told us that Pat Legg's pub was actually the Coach & Horses, on the corner of Slade Street and Vauxhall Road. We would be interested in hearing from readers who may be able to name faces on the photograph and who may have memories of when the photo was taken and to where all photographed went on the day out.