Good pub, great clientele and top hits on the jukebox ... memories of the Square Ring in Hartlepool

The Square Ring in Hartlepool.
The Square Ring in Hartlepool.

We raise a toast to Hartlepool Mail readers who told us more about the Square Ring.

We posted a photograph of the pub on social media and more than 16,000 people took a look. Most said it was a great place, or, as Allan Mckelvie put it: “Not a bad little local LOL.”

Teddy Gardner.

Teddy Gardner.

Plenty of you either worked there or knew someone who did. Doreen Laybourn commented: “Me and my husband did the relief in there years ago x” while Katie Richardson said: “My grandad Paul Fairless was the landlord of this pub x.”

Angela Booth Roberts reminisced: “My auntie Mag ran that pub for a long time, remember the living quarters upstairs. So much space.”

And Caroline Martin Rhodes recalled: “I remember it well, used to work there when mike had it. My dad drunk in their Tommy Foster. Good pub. Every one knew each other. Good times.”

Thanks also to Peter Lee who said: “My mum and dad ran this pub while dad (Alan Goad) played for Hartlepool during the 1970’s. Cant remember how many years I lived there but I remember my school was right beside it.”

Good memories loved the juke box...from a jack to a king was one off many I’d put on

Paula Coomer

Peter remembered visits by Reg Smythe and said: “I still have a custom page he made for the family.”

And Peter’s great memories continued. “One last thing,” he said. “We all swear the Square Ring was haunted. Some very strange things used to happen there.”

Others to respond included Anne Tyson who said: “I worked at Rosens over the road. My Dad would go in there after finishing his shift at the steelworks for a pint.”

Online archives show the pub opened in 1865 in Musgrave Street as The Spotted Cow. It became The Square Ring in 1977 following the death of boxer Teddy Gardner in 1976.

Norman Twidale recalled: “The Spotted Cow sitting on the windows during the war when we were kids.”

Thanks to Stephen Swift who said: “Me Dad Davy Swift played the organ in here many a night like most across the town in the 80’s.”

Carole Burns remembered: “Going in for my grandad for a jug of ale. He liked his pint but was homebound in tower flats around the corner. It was my dad’s local he was a mate of Teddy Gardner.”

Nicola Jackson Hull said: “Best part of a Friday night” while Chantelle Foster commented: “Loved this place x.”

Catherine Pearson remembered the pub had a “Good jukebox.” So did Paula Coomer who said: “Good memories loved the juke box...from a jack to a king was one off many I’d put on.”

Neil Angus remembered: “The dog that used to patrol the roof” while Mark Featherstone recalled: “Scooter club meetings.”

Stephen Davies said: “we were the landlords from 82 till 86. Happy memories of the pub and the people.”

Billy Spence said: “Teddy Gardner used to have the place, his boxing pictures of him in the ring used to be all over the walls. Good bloke good memories.”

Thanks to everyone who shared the memories.