Blue Plaques

Our innovative QR code blue plaques, which commemorate our most interesting buildings, are printed onto 200mm diameter aluminium discs. The QR codes, which are activated by scanning with a smart phone, link to pages on our website where a host of relevant information can be seen.

You must download a QR code scanner app to your smartphone. There are many available, but the one I use is from http://scan.me

The QR code trail provides a wealth of information about Horbury’s most important buildings. Special thanks to Helen Bickerdike for her research into the history of these buildings.

 

 

Buildings and streets in our QR code trail

 

 

Redbox Gallery

Redbox Gallery

Redbox Gallery occupies a K6 telephone box which the Society purchased from BT for £1. Redbox has a strong curatorial policy which requires all commissioned artists to find a Horbury institution or organisation to engage with, and to concieve a new work inspired by...

Town Hall

Town Hall

The plot of land on which the Town Hall and Library stand was previously a house and garden occupied by Mr William Thickett, builder. The land and buildings were purchased by Horbury Urban District Council (HUDC) in 1899 from Messrs Baines for 3s 3d per yard (£2,100...

St. Leonard’s Hospital

St. Leonard’s Hospital

Next to the Lock up, the buildings named St. Leonard's Hospital are not the first to occupy the site. They were built by Canon John Sharp in 1888 to replace the original almshouse building, which was demolished circa 1887. Canon John Sharp, the Vicar of Horbury raised...

Lock up

Lock up

Next to the Old Town School this small building, which forms part of the premises is Horbury's old lock-up or "Kidcote" which dates back to 1710. It is a two storey building, the ground floor formerly being used as a prison with only a small stone basin for comfort....

The Old Town School

The Old Town School

The Old Town School opposite, marked by a stone plaque in the wall dated 1798, was the first school to be founded in Horbury and dates back to 1708 on land acquired by the Horbury Common Lands Trust for £4. A report dated 1827 shows "10 poor children" being taught and...

Tithe Barn Street

Tithe Barn Street

Tithe Barn Street in Horbury was so named after the old tithe barn, which was used to store produce of the tithe. A tithe means a tenth and one tenth of every Horbury parishioner's income from produce of the land had to be donated to the church & the QR Code...

The Shepherd’s Arms

The Shepherd’s Arms

The Shepherds Arms dates back to the 16th century and was originally called Nether Hall. Inside the main building of the Shepherds Arms, there remains some evidence of a small, timber-framed building dated 1538. Historical records show that the building was originally...

The Cricketer’s Arms

The Cricketer’s Arms

The Cricketers Arms was built in 1898 and is a traditional red brick late Victorian/Edwardian style building with a timber framed frontage to the third storey. The pub was served by Melbourne Breweries, Leeds until 1960 when Tetley's bought out Melbourne Brewery and...

The corner of Northgate & Tithe Barn Street

The corner of Northgate & Tithe Barn Street

Opposite the church, at the corner of Tithe Barn Street with Northgate, is a group of late 18th Century two-storey brick-built houses with stone slate roofs. The Northgate elevation incorporates a carriage entrance and featured as a corner shop in the film of Stan...

St. Peter & St. Leonard’s Church

St. Peter & St. Leonard’s Church

The Church of St. Peter and St. Leonard is a Grade I listed building standing in the conservation area of the oldest part of the township of Horbury. It was built by the architect John Carr on the site of a Norman church dedicated to St. Leonard. About 1788/89, John...

Queen Street

Queen Street

Probably named in honour of Queen Victoria, Queen Street was formerly known as Hodge Lane & Widgery Lane. 'Boon's' public house began life as 'The Woolpacks Inn', licensed in 1800. The shop, now called 'Pinx' was once a butcher's shop & house. The garden area...

No.2 Highfield Road

No.2 Highfield Road

Built on the site of Lidgate Mill (worsted), this was originally the 'United Counties Bank', which became a branch of 'Barclay's Bank'. For the past 25 years or so it has been various licensed premises before its current incarnation. To the left of the of this...

No.1 Cluntergate

No.1 Cluntergate

The building at the corner of New Road and Cluntergate, once occupied by H. Pullan and Son, makers of bowling green woods was built by G & W Thickett for Mr. William Brooke, painter and decorator in about 1856. His son used the these buildings for his...

Methodist Chapel

Methodist Chapel

The Methodist Church standing on this site today opened in 2016. It replaced a previous Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, St Paul's (pictured), which opened in 1884 & was demolished in 2012 due to the structure becoming unsafe. St Paul's had also replaced an earlier...

Horbury Library

Horbury Library

Built by the local firm Henry Fallas & Sons, who had recently completed the Town Hall next door, the foundation stone was laid by Cllr. A. Horsfield J.P. on the 4th January 1905. A grant of £2,000 had been obtained from the Carnegie Foundation*, which along with...

Twitch Hill

Twitch Hill

It has been suggested Twitch Hill, as in T'Witch Hill, gets it's name from being the place where witches were executed back in the 17th Century. The last execution for witchcraft in England was in 1684, when Alice Molland was hanged in Exeter. However, as colourful as...

The King’s Arms

The King’s Arms

The Kings Arms pub (formerly The Granby Head Inn) on New Street dates back to the Georgian period of 1834 and is now designated a building of local interest. The pub is owned by Marstons and was awarded the Wakefield Express 'Best Pub of the Year' award in 2013, 2014...

The Cemetery

The Cemetery

Burials from the parish church of St Peter & St Leonard have taken place here since the mid 19th Century. It was taken over by Horbury Urban District Council in 1897 & gradually extended to include the lower levels. There are several graves of interest,...

House of Mercy

House of Mercy

The idea of establishing a place to house those who needed"rescuing from sin and destruction, the increasing multitude of fallen women", can be traced back to one person -  Henrietta Louisa Farrer, later the wife of Rev. Henry Sidney Lear, Bishop of Salisbury....

Horbury WMC

Horbury WMC

In 1894 it was decided to form a Working Men's Club in Horbury. It's first location was at the top of New Street. The first President and Steward were Messrs. Andrew Lambert and Squire Robinson. The Club was first registered and affiliated to the Working Men's Club...

Cherry Tree Inn

Cherry Tree Inn

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...

Horbury Hall

Horbury Hall

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....

Hargreaves Yard & Penny Ginnels

Hargreaves Yard & Penny Ginnels

Hargreaves Yard is a row of 3 brick & stone Victorian terraced cottages. At the top of the yard, to the right, is the entrance to the 'Penny Ginnels', believed to have been named after the 'penitentiary', or to be correct, the House of Mercy at the top of the set...

The Cluntergate Centre

The Cluntergate Centre

Having undergone an extensive program of renovation in 2018, this building replaced Greenfield House, which stood on this site & was leased from Mr Oldroyd for use as the Trades & Labour Club & Institute, which began in 1914. When the house was demolished,...

No.s 2, 10 & 12 High Street

No.s 2, 10 & 12 High Street

No.2 High Street, now The Beauty Spa, was once the home of Henry Fallas, local builder & stonemason. Henry Fallas & Sons were responsible for some of the finest buildings in Horbury, notably the Town Hall, Library & United Methodist Church (now part of...