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Walkley residents recount the Howard Hotel, a tiny pub on the site of the bus stop on Howard Road close to Fulton Road.
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“Other than the Walkley Reform club and the Walkley Palladium there wasn’t much night life except the local public houses. I had my 21st at the Howard Hotel at the top of Howard Road where the gate to Birkendale is. My parents also had their silver wedding there as there was a room upstairs you could hire.”
“It was nice, it was pleasant. Where the bus stop is, there was a little corner window there and they’d perhaps have a bottle of wine and a wine glass or something a bit decorative there where you waited for bus. But then, you’d 2 tiled steps to get up and, to the right hand side was a very nice room with window on way to bus – where bus goes – with a piano in and nice seats all round. If you sat in somebody else’s seat, because it were reserved, you see, Mrs [Galley???] and Jo’s son, the used to commandeer their seat and you mucky looks if sat in anybody else’s seat But it was a nice pub and then at back, there was a snooker table in. We used to go a lot at week-end.”
“It was amazing how big it was really inside because you’d got tables and chairs here and it went further back and there was even a piano and we used to go with my mum and dad and my husband’s aunt and uncle who lived in Burgoyne Road and we used to go on a Friday night and there were quite a few people that we knew. One of the ladies, Bella they called her, she was local and she used to sometimes play the piano in this room. And then there is the upstairs where I say we had my mum and dad’s silver wedding. Yes, so, it’s hard to believe when a space, now, can contain such a vast place you know, building really.
The landlord lived on the premises. There were living quarters and I’ll tell you why it had to come down because he wanted to extend. I don’t know which way he wanted to extend and he wanted to extend the pub and when they came, the surveyors came and they said it was unsafe, the building and it had to be demolished exactly. Yes, yes I can remember, he came from a pub down Attercliffe actually before he came there and I suppose there were other landlords before him, but that’s what happened, that’s why it was demolished because it was unsafe, the building.”
“Yeah, I went in there a few times, but they seemed to be more older people in there.”