YORKSHIRE (WEST) - Halifax, Three Pigeons
An historic pub interior of national importance
11 Sun Fold, South Parade, Halifax, HX1 2LX
Tel: 01422 347001
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 4pm to close; Fri-Sun 12 noon to close.
Real Ale & Cider: Range of Ossett Brewery real ales and guest beers.
Public Transport: Railway Station: Halifax.
Listed Status: Grade II
List Entry Number: 1393725
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The Three Pigeons is among the best-surviving Art Deco pub interiors in England. Rebuilt in 1932 for Samuel Webster & Sons brewery (architects were Jackson and Fox of Halifax) of sandstone 'bricks' - at the top look for a sculpture in white stone of three pigeons. Art Deco was favoured for the Three Pigeons and with much of it remaining the interior is something particularly rare and special. A sensitive refurbishment by the current owners won the pub the CAMRA / English Heritage Conservation Award and the Joe Goodwin Conservation Award in the 2006 CAMRA Pub Design Awards.
Front door inner lobby has full height original oak veneer panelled walls and a terrazzo floor. Original Inner door retains its multiple Art Deco frosted panels with an overlight and beyond is a short passage with original oak veneer panelled walls to two-thirds height. Through a plain glazed door is the octagonal domed 'hall', a central drinking lobby with a terrazzo floor of a geometric design in buff and green that forms an impressive little centrepiece from which three rooms and the serving area all radiate. The walls of the lobby bar have original oak veneer panelling but the original geometric decoration of the lobby ceiling was replaced by a mural of pigeons on a roof executed in the 1980s.
The counter on the rear left in the 'hall' retains its original oak veneer panelled counter front but the top looks modern. The original bar back fitting consists of two display units at right angles to each other and with distinct Art Deco detailing and mirrored panels. To the right a mirror has the lettering advertising ‘Green Label The Perfect Beer’. High up to the right near the entrance for staff is the original bell box with windows labelled ‘Front Door’, ‘Back Door’, ‘Hall’, ‘Sitting Room’, ‘Bedroom 1’, ‘Lounge 1’, ‘2’, and a blank one.
The front right small lounge retains most of its original fixed seating which curves around the bay window, bell pushes above and the original 1930s fireplace surround but the tiles are modern additions, it has a modern linoleum floor and it has lost its door.
The front left small lounge has its original oak veneer door with metal framed sub-rectangular glazed panel with a classic Art Deco ‘Bar Lounge’ wording in metal ribbon lettering across the glazing. The room retains original fixed seating which curves around the bay window, bell pushes above and an excellent Art Deco wood surround fireplace but the tiled interior is modern and it has a modern linoleum floor. The original counter front has oak veneer fluted pilasters but the glazed panels above are modern. On the wall is the newspaper advert announcing the pub opening with both the original and replacement pub illustrated.
The rear right small tap room has its original oak veneer door with metal framed sub-rectangular glazed panel which has, sadly, in recent years, lost its ‘Tap Room’ wording in metal ribbon lettering across the glazing. It retains the original fixed seating all around the room, and here is an intact original Art Deco wood surround fireplace with glazed brick interior – note the 11 square ones with animal designs in relief on them. This room also has a modern linoleum floor and two holes have been cut in the top half of the walls to the front right room and the passage on the left ‘for supervision purposes’.
The floor of the passage has terrazzo flooring and more original oak veneer panelling to two-thirds height. There is a hatch/door for staff to the servery then the toilets. Ladies has terrazzo tiled floor and original oak veneer panelling to two-thirds height on the wall of the ante-room. The original oak veneer door with metal framed sub-rectangular glazed panel remains with its classic Art Deco ‘Ladies’ wording in metal ribbon lettering across the glazing but the wall tiles beyond are modern. The gents also has a terrazzo tiled floor and original oak veneer panelling to two-thirds height on the wall of the ante-room. The original oak veneer door with metal framed sub-rectangular glazed panel remains but has lost it ‘Gents’ Art Deco wording and the toilet fittings are all modern. The back room was originally a private living room and has a bare wood floor, modern brick fireplace and pews for seating.
Other surviving Art Deco interiors can be found at these Heritage Pubs
Vale Hotel, Arnold, Nottinghamshire;
Test Match, West Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire;
Duke (of York), Bloomsbury, London WC1;
Portland Arms, Glasgow;
Steps Bar, Glasgow;
Frews Bar, Dundee; in the Sporting Memories Lounge.