Toasting Hartlepool’s pubs of the past

The New Fleece Hotel in 1965.
The New Fleece Hotel in 1965.

Today we raise a glass to pubs of the past.

“Hartlepool once had dozens and dozens of watering holes, but the passing decades have seen many disappear,” said Mail photographic archivist Susan Swinney.

The Bridge Hotel in 1967.

The Bridge Hotel in 1967.

The New Fleece is among the bygone pubs featured. Built before 1857 in Northgate, it served several generations of drinkers before being demolished.

Also shown is the Shades Hotel, which opened in 1856 in Church Street. A revamp in 1900 saw it decorated with ornate tiles and, in 1971, it became New Shades.

“Another pub recently lost to demolition is the King Oswy, which is pictured here in 1960 looking very dapper indeed,” said Susan.

“And then, of course, there was The Bridge - a pub on the corner of Durham Street and Northgate that was popular for decades.”

The King Oswy in West Hartlepool in 1960.

The King Oswy in West Hartlepool in 1960.

Shades Hotel - later became New Shades in the 1970s.

Shades Hotel - later became New Shades in the 1970s.