The Hillgate stands on Pot Hill, which was once Hillgate Street, a densely-packed area of Victorian terraced housing. Apart from 4 houses on Union Road, the pub was the only building left standing when the area was re-developed in the 1960s.
It is a splendid brick building with stone banding, constructed in 1899. It replaced an earlier pub on the site called the Old Original Colliers Arms, which was build some time before 1812. The name reflects the history of small-scale coal mining that had taken place in the area. The re-built pub was still known as the Colliers until 1973. The building was sold recently and appears to be no longer a pub.
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"The Hillgate" is my contribution to this week's "My World" feature. Please check out the other blogs participating in this week's My World.
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