Pubs & Clubs

On this page we will try to build up a portfolio of the various pubs that trade or have traded within the Scunthorpe area, some pubs are steeped in history and deserve their own page like The Crosby Hotel, others will be added here over due course.

The Beckwood.
Opened on Thursday 10th November 1977.
Built for Whitbread East Pennines Ltd for their Whitbread pub empire. The first Licensees of the new public house were Jim and Ann Curtis, formerly of the Priory Hotel who were also celebrating their 26th wedding anniverary on that day. The pub had two large rooms with an L shaped lounge, each room had seating for 60 people. The Beckwood was built with no public bar as it was felt that these rooms were out of date.
The architectures were Brian Watson and Bernard Rowell with the main contractors being H N Slingsby Ltd of 64a Mary Street. Installation of the sanitary ware and the decorative exterior panel was done by Buckley Bradshaw and Son of 2 Priory Crescent, manufactured joinery materials were provided by Kass Construction Ltd of Winterton Road and all plastering was done by Kirton Plastering Co.
The name Beckwood was the responsibility of 69 year old Josephine Maskery of Princess Alexandra Court who having looked into the history of the area found there used to be a bluebell wood nearby and adding this to the fact there is also a beck nearby she came up with the name.

The Beckwood

The Beckwood shortly after opening

The Poacher

The Poacher opened in 1968 on Marsden Drive, it closed in 2012 and was demolished in 2013.

The Poacher on 7th June 2011

The Poacher on 7th June 2011

Mill road club

Mill Road Club c1965 – Although the club is sited on Modder Street it retained its’ original name of Mill Road Club  after relocating from nearby Ashby High Street which itself at the turn of the last century was called Mill Road after the flour mill situated close to Ashby Turn.

The Queen Hotel

The Queen on Rowland Road opened on 12th October 1898, it was commissioned Thomas Woodruff Woodley and his son William Woodley. It also had a bottling store at the rear of the premises where they bottled their own beer. It was named after Queen Victoria and although was later referred to as The Queens it should really be quoted in the singular.

The Queen Hotel

The Queen Hotel

London born Thomas Woodley retired to Lincoln around 1908 and his son William the became the proprietor along with is wife Catherine. They ran the Queens until 6th April 1922 when they left to take over the Sheffield Arms in Grimsby. William & Catherine had two sons,Tom and Frank – Tom returned to Scunthorpe in 1953 to run the Ashby Ville pub but went back to Grimsby in 1959 to take over at another pub – he died in 1977 aged 80.

William Woodley was well known in the Scunthorpe area and was affectionately known as King Billy. He was a Justice of the Peace, a member of Lindsey County Council, the Scunthorpe & Frodingham Urban District Council and the Brigg Board of Guardians. Not only did he own The Queens Hotel but also the Frodingham Sports Club (Rabbit & Net) and all the houses next to it on Queen Street.

The Queen was somewhat ahead of its time, the paraffin lamps were quite labour intensive and needed to be kept in good order so William Woodley had a 45 acetylene light plant installed by the Leading Light Syndicate Ltd of Hull.

In 1975 permission was given for The Queen to serve beer and breakfast to shift-workers from 6am -8am (later adjusted to 5am) six days a week. The pub continued trading up to September 2008 when the owner, Ian Clark of McLane Taverns, closed the Queen citing trading losses at around £350 a week, it was said on some days more money was being taken on the morning shift than from a whole night’s trading.


A fifth change of name to Tylers

A fifth change of name to Tylers

These were originally built as residential properties on Mary Street c.1910.

The property to the left had already opened as a bar, The Parksinson’s Arms, in 1966. The featured property was converted into a bar which opened in 1981 under the name of Enoch Tutties before becoming Tatters, a third name change saw it re-branded as Bar Rendezvous. In 2006 it closed for 18 months and re-opened with a fourth name change of Zest.

The Big Social on the corner of what is now Wells Street and Berkeley Street.

The Big Social on the corner of Normanby Road and Berkeley Street opened in 1911. It closed in the early 1980’s and became a nightclub called Scene 3 before changing its name to JJz. It closed as a nightclub in the early 1990’s and in 1995 was taken over by a national chain and opened as Riley’s Sports Club Bar offering snooker, pool and darts. The Riley’s chain went into administration in 2014 and the Scunthorpe branch was one of 15 to close. Five months after it closed it reopened in March 2015 as Mulligans Sports Bar offering the same facilities as it predecessor.

The only known picture of the Golden Cup which was a hostelry which served the workers of the nearby brickworks at Yaddlethorpe.

The only known picture of the Golden Cup which was a hostelry which served the workers of the nearby brickworks at Yaddlethorpe.

Berkeley Circle c1955

A view of The Berkeley Hotel in 1955 with the roundabout at this 5 road junction. The hotel was named after Sir Berkeley Sheffield.

Queensway Hotel c1955

A mid 1950’s view of The Queensway Hotel. The proprietor around this time would be Jack  Campbell. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s folk club nights were a regular feature.

The Maple Leaf opened c1970 and was so called because it formed the focal point of the new Canada Farm Housing Estate. The estate name came about due to the land being that of the former Canada Farm and the subsequent roads built on the estate named after the Canadian theme. The farm was call such due to the former Canadian prairie like farm house which once stood there. When the Maple Leaf close it was demolished and the land now contains 9 houses – the development being called Maple Leaf Mews.

Maple Leaf 15 Oct 2007

The Maple Leaf – 15th October 2007

Maple Leaf 2007

The Maple Leaf – 2007

Maple Leaf

The Maple Leaf – taken from Ottowa Road

Maple Leaf, September 2009

The Maple Leaf on 14th September 2009 shortly before demolition.



One thought on “Pubs & Clubs

  1. Those properties were certainly residential – my husband’s mother lived in the ‘Parkinson Arms’ house. Next door Tylers also was a home but in 1956 I worked there when it belonged to Mr and Mrs Dennis. They had converted it into a showroom selling fireplaces bathroom suites and kitchen furnishings . Also it was a plumber and heating shop. It was sold in1958 and converted into a pub.

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