Old Pubs and Inns of Queensbury

Looking at many documents on the history of Queensbury made me wonder at the number of pub names there were but no longer exist.

Can anyone provide information on these pubs? I would like to produce an article to input to this web site. Full credit will be given for your material.

A list of the pubs is below, this may not contain all of the pubs and some may have been renamed.

Forester’s Arms

Mountain Eagle

Fleece Inn

Royal Oak

Malt Shovel

West End

Olive Branch Inn


Sun Inn

King’s Arms

Bull’s Head

6 Replies to “Old Pubs and Inns of Queensbury”

  1. Hello. I think I am right in saying there used to be a long demolished pub called “The White Horse” which was right at the junction of Albert Road and Thornton Road (opposite Smallpage). This per my mother who used to live at Smallpage. Hopefully you can research this to confirm or otherwise.

    1. Howard,

      I have found the following:

      The Halifax Courier. 20th September, 1856
      Returned Queensbury men who had served in the Crimean War were entertained on Saturday in the White Horse Inn. Men who had returned were Isaac Wilcock, 19th Regiment of Foot; Nathan Firth, 1st Royal Infantry; Thomas Wittingham and William Oldfield, both of the 34th Regiment, Thomas Bairstow, 33rd Regiment and Jonas Rushworth 68th Regiment.
      Queensbury men who lost their lives in the war were given as John Barratt. John Spencer, and William Shackleton, all of the 33rd Regiment; James White. 50th Regi¬ment and Brice Ambler, 1st Royal Infantry.

      The Queensbury Historical Society may hold further information.

      1. The White Horse was the end property (now demolished) on the main rd, immediately before Thornton rd. in the row known as Ambler’s buildings it closed in 1907

        1. Hazel,

          Thanks for this information. Do you know anything about the other long lost pubs? I remember the Fleece and Mountain Eagle from my childhood, whilst living at Pickering Hall farm, between the bowing green and the Institute.
          We got some groceries from the Coop at Mountain in blue bags. The ice cream man came on a three wheeler bike with a tub on. Then there was the milk delivered by horse and cart. Good days, simple living, no TV and a radio that ran off accumulators that had to be charged at the garage on Albert Road.

          1. The mention of Pickering Hall Farm takes me back to the late 60’s when myself and my brother used to spend many happy hours playing there with Robert and Andrew Sutcliffe, Such a lot has changed now!

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