Built in 1865
The western corner of North Lane and Frederick Street had properties built on it from the 1820s, but it was not until 1865 that the first Blue Posts Tavern was built upon the site. The pub was one of a number attached to Henry Smithers’ North Street Brewery. Henry Simons was the first publican, having moved to the pub from his premises in Mount Sion Place, where he had been a Grocer and Beer Seller.
Renumbered in 1870s
The name Blue Posts is thought to have related to steeple chasing, although what Simons connection to this is, is unknown. Within a couple of years, North Lane was renamed to North Road and the Blue Posts retained its number, 68. During the early 1870s the street was renumbered twice and the pub became #55 and then #58.
Major expansion in 1908
In 1908, major rebuilding and expansion of the pub took place, also incorporating numbers 3 and 4, Frederick Street. The first publican of the rebuilt pub was Henry Penfold and the premises became part of the Kidd & Hotblack chain. In 1926 the pub was taken over by Tamplin’s and continued until it was de-licensed around the early 1960’s.
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