The Cherry Tree Inn dates back to 1887. At the time, the licence application by the publican to sell beer and spirits was opposed by the vicar of Horbury, Canon John Sharp because of the proximity of the pub to St. Peter’s Church. However, he was unsuccessful and the Cherry Tree was eventually granted a licence.
Listed as a Building of Local Interest; it has undergone a much needed renovation and finally reopened in November 2018. It’s now being run by the team previously behind the Brewer’s Pride in Ossett. The brewery they established there (Horbury Ales), moved with them and is part of their new venture.
On Church Street facing the church’s south façade is Horbury Hall, a Grade 1 listed building, built on an earlier site for Ralph Amyas who was deputy steward of the Manor of Wakefield between 1478 and 1492. Horbury Hall is reputed to be the oldest building in Horbury.
Formerly known as 13, Church Street, at one time the hall consisted three bays parallel to the street (known as 13, 15 and 17 Church Street) plus an east and west wing. The west wing with a gable was at right-angles to the street and covered part of what was the Cherry Tree Hotel car park. The east wing was situated on what was the west side of School Yard. A chimney stack was all that remained embedded in the gable end of 8, School Yard. The west wing was demolished in the 1930s and the east wing was demolished in 1938.
Wakefield historian W.S. Banks wrote that Horbury Hall was “much cast down” in 1869. Sadly, in 2019, the Grade I Listed 15th Century Horbury Hall is much more cast down than it was almost 150 years ago.