Landmark Doncaster town centre pub back in business under old name

Nelsons on the corner of Printing Office Street and Cleveland Street.
Nelsons on the corner of Printing Office Street and Cleveland Street.
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A landmark Doncaster town centre pub is back in business under its traditional name.

Nelsons, on the corner of Cleveland Street and Printing Office Street, has returned to the town's nightlife scene - reverting back to its original name in the process.

The pub was originally called The Lord Nelson and still features a sculpture of the feted British naval hero and his ship on its exterior.

It was later shortened to Nelsons - the name it has retaken - before spells as Players, a lap-dancing club and Loaded, a sports bar.

The venue has had a chequered history since losing its Nelsons name more than a decade ago.

In 2014, plans to revert the bar to a strip joint were twice rejected by Doncaster Council after opposition from business owners and a nearby women’s centre.

Then, later the same year, an investigation was launched after a fire drama at the pub which brought the town centre to a standstill on Mad Friday.

Firefighters tacked the blaze shortly before Christmas 2014 after builders working at the pub accidentally set timbers on the flat roof alight.

Windows were also smashed in a £2,000 brick attack in June the same year and the pub has also been barred from playing pre-recorded music in the past.