Cock and Bottle Inn
c1906. Cock and Bottle Inn, an 18th century inn on the junction of Upperhead Row and Guildford Street. Formerly a coaching inn from where the coach 'Eclipse' owned by Reuben Craven of the Woolpack Inn, Yeadon ran to Ilkley. It was sold to Snowden Schofield in 1938 and remained as part of Schofields store for some time, but was demolished during extensions in 1961.
A piece of the 18th century, standing defiantly, as if in some historical time warp. Just look at the detail here. Is that a sun atop the pole above the roof? I wonder what was on the pole on the adjacent building? See how the gable end is heavily ornamented with wood carving. Further carving runs along the beam above the four very ornate upper storey stained glass windows. Is it my imagination, or are they really constructed in some sort of 'fold arrangement' ? The two bay-windows below are also rich in detail. There appear to be five hanging lamps, unless the two lower ones are actually flower baskets. The two largest spheres certainly enhance the look of the frontage. The adjoining building also sports ornamental wood carving on its gable end. It's a pity that shadow inhibits any view of the detail. Most likely this lesser building is of a different date. Note how the frontage is either curved, or of a shallow pointed form, and that the bay window is of a different shape, and much smaller than the other two next door. This gem of a building managed to survive into the second half of the 20th century. Did it still retain most of its appearance as seen here? Regardless, it should never have suffered destruction in the name of progress. Surely it could have been dismantled and re-constructed at some museum site within the city boundary. Or better still, left in situ and preserved as a historical jewel from Leeds' past. Along with the yard and stables, it would have made an amazing tourist attraction.
Graham A. Schofield