Large gardens and orchard made Carpenter’s Arms a magnet for picnic parties

The Plough, Main  Street,  Auckley
The Plough, Main Street, Auckley
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The Carpenter’s Arms may be traced to at least 1822. The licence was held from 1825 by Peter Hancock until his death in 1857, by his widow from 1857 to 1859 and their son Henry 1859 to 1868.

In 1904 tenders were invited to carry out alterations. The premises survived a threat of closure in March 1907 when police objected to the licence and it was referred for compensation. But, three months later magistrates agreed to renew the licence.

Tadcaster Arms, Doncaster  Road,  Armthorpe

Tadcaster Arms, Doncaster Road, Armthorpe

In support of this, the Don. Chronicle, June 7, 1907 reported: “The Carpenter’s Arms was a clean, up-to-date house, with good stabling accommodation, and in all respects a house which one would expect to be used largely in the summer by picnic parties.

“In the summertime lots of people from Sheffield, Doncaster, Worksop and Rotherham drove to Tickhill and put up at the Carpenter’s Arms where there was ample accommodation, a large tea room, large club room, large garden and orchard, and everything for traffic of that description. The Carpenter’s Arms had done an increasing trade. In 1904 it was close upon £260 for draught ales and had increased to £306.”

The licence was withheld once more in 1925 until sanitary improvements were made. Former owners included Slinn Searle & Co. Ltd; Whitworth, Son & Nephew.

The Tally Ho, built by local firm Arnolds for John Smiths, was opened by Squadron Leader David Shaw in February 1957.

Tally Ho, Great North Road, Adwick-le-Street.

Tally Ho, Great North Road, Adwick-le-Street.

David was the CO of 609 West Riding Squadron whose motto, tally ho, was the same as the name of the hotel. Whilst at the hotel he handed over to one of the company’s directors the Squadron’s crest.

The inn was allegedly named Tally Ho to commemorate a famous stagecoach of the same name which ran between the Midlands and the North.

The sign depicted an early stagecoach and the motif was repeated on a wall mural in the lounge. Also the area is associated with the Badsworth Hunt.

The licence for the erection of the premises was granted in 1949 but building restrictions held up construction.

Carpenter's Arms, Westgate, Tickhill

Carpenter's Arms, Westgate, Tickhill

The first landlord was Douglas Craigie. Sadly, after opening in a fanfare of glory, the Tally Ho closed in November 2001 and was demolished in June 2002, having a relatively short life span of just over 45 years.

The Tadcaster Arms, opened in July 1927 and was designed for John Smiths by the House and Town Planning Trust Ltd.

The first landlord was Joseph Henry Atha who remained there until retiring in 1950 and thus far, he is the longest-serving licensee.

Under his tenure the premises quickly became a popular spot for meetings and annual dinners held by a variety of societies and groups.

However, the pub has not been without trouble, two cases being reported in the press where the licensee has been attacked by a customer.

In one incident the offender was jailed. At a County Court hearing on March 26, 1975, landlord G. Cuthbertson was ordered to leave the Tadcaster Arms in 28 days and pay costs of £20.75p.

The court was told that the landlords John Smiths dismissed Mr Cuthbertson last November but he refused to leave the five-bedroom flat above the pub until the local council rehoused him.

In the meantime, the newly appointed licensee, Michael Pope, a married man with a three-year-old son, was living in a caravan next to the pub.

Mr Cuthbertson, who had two sons, said: “All I want is an eviction order so I can get a council house. The quicker I get out the better.”

The court also heard from Stuart Morris, Doncaster representative of the brewery, who said the right of occupation ended at the same time as the employment agreement.

“It is costing my company a very considerable amount of money in electricity and the hiring of the caravan,’ said Mr Morris.

Mr Cuthbertson was also ordered to pay £150 in rent, including that for the following 28 days, but the figure was to be offset by the £150 in security owed to him by the brewery.

The Registrar, Mr Cane, told Mr Cuthbertson: “You’d better tell the local authority immediately, but what they will do I just don’t know. It’s a good way to get a council house. Just be evicted.”

At the West Riding Brewster Sessions held during March 1908 the licence of the Plough was opposed on the ground of redundancy.

On behalf of the owners a Mr Baddiley appeared in support, while Supt. Hickes conducted the opposition. The latter called Sergeant Smith, who said that Auckley’s population in 1901 was 241 and that the present population was estimated at 230.

The number of people above 16 years of age was 85. There were only 55 houses in the village and there were two public houses, both of which were fully licensed and one licence was quite sufficient for the requirements of the district.

Mr Baddiley said that his information was that the house was largely used by persons attending Doncaster market from Owston, Westwoodside, and Haxey.

Mr Appleyard, the tenant, said during the nine years he had occupied the house he had made a nice living. Hearing all the evidence, the Bench decided to refer the license for compensation. The Plough dated back to at least 1838 and between 1852 and 1890 the licence was held by members of the Braithwaite family.

Inquests and auctions were formerly held on the premises; the owners including Warwicks & Richardsons.

From 1910 the inn was used as accommodation for the steward and his wife of the the Auckley WMC.