Malt Shovel

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Malt Shovel
Address 21 Northgate
Postcode BD17 6JZ
Building Date Grade II Listed.
Late C17-Early C18
Early Licence NK
Licencee Stephen Eric Winrow
Brewery Greene King
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The Malt Shovel is a pub in a Grade II Listed Building on Northgate, Baildon

The Listed Building Description of the Malt Shovel (see below) mentions that the building dates from the late 17th century or early 18th with mid 20th century alterations.


Manor Courts were held at the Malt Shovel 1831, 1835, 1839, 1841, 1846 and 1850

The 1841 Baildon Census lists Nicholas Walker in the Malt Shovel. He also gets a mention in the Allotment of Pews, 1848.

It is apparent that brewing took place at The Malt Shovel at one time because a note in the Baildon Local Board minutes here for 20 Oct 1891 mentions that brewing has now stopped so the water meter could be removed.

The Airedale Lodge of The Freemasons held their first meeting at the Malt Shovel Inn on 27 Apr 1827. Landlord John Smith. Mr Wainamn Holmes was one of the Founder Members and in his notes Fifty years of reminiscing he mentioned that Nicholson The Airedale Poet was present on that occasion, and when invited to recite a poem to mark the event, he did not hesitate to do so. Mr Holmes could not remember the poetry and it appears to be lost forever.[1] In 1856 the meetings transferred to The Angel

A record of meetings of The Court of Three Virtues Independent Order of Foresters shows that meetings were held in The Malt Shovel in the year 1840. Previous to this the meetings of this Club had been held in the Bay Horse.[1]

List of Joseph Spink & Sons Ltd pubs at Brewery History shows:- 13. Malt Shovel, Northgate, Baildon (June 1919). The licence register does not mention Joseph Spink but J Hey & Co bought Joseph Spink in 1923. J Hey & Co was acquired by Websters. I have yet to find out if The Malt Shovel was included in this.

Mr Watson became Landlord of The Malt Shovel in 1937.[2] He was well known as a Player for Bradford City Football Club. Mr Watson’s son was killed in action during the second world war and on Mr Watson’s death, his son in law Mr Fred Richards and his wife Helen took over the tenancy of the Inn. Mr Richards died in the 1960s and his widow Helen became the Landlady. The family’s connection with the Inn were finally severed when Helen retired in 1977, her son Billy did not wish to take over the tenancy. Mrs Richards (Helen) told one of her customers that she had worked every Christmas Day during the family’s occupation of the Inn (Forty years) except the one when she had given birth to her son Billy.[1]

In 1988 the Malt Shovel is shown as a Chef & Brewer pub. Chef & Brewer is now one of the brands within the Greene King list.

Baildon pubs to get £300,000 facelift[3]

T&A 14th January 2013
By Chris Tate

Work was starting today on a £300,000 facelift for two Baildon pubs which will create up to 20 new jobs.

The Malt Shovel will be closed until Monday, January 28, to allow a major makeover, with the Angel following suit at the end of the month.

Angel manager Rob Heir, 37, said: Baildon is already a bit of a hotspot with good pubs and bars and has great potential.

We’re both owned by Spirit Pub Company, which recently improved the Bull's Head, and when we've finished Baildon really will be fantastic for wandering from pub to pub.

Both pubs will be redecorated in a traditional style and will run under the banner of the John Barras brand which aims to keep the local character of its properties.

The Angel will close on January 28 and reopen on Thursday, February 7.

Both the pubs will keep their own identities, said Ed Moss, 32, manager of the Malt Shovel, a Grade II listed building with Victorian mosaic floors.

The decorating will just highlight its existing features.
We have two quiz nights and live bands on Fridays and we're planning to set up a mini-darts league in Baildon.

The investment will see the pubs fitted with new HD TVs for Sky Sport, new furniture and a refurbished bar with updated toilets. The kitchens will also have new equipment.

Mr Heir said: We’re set to double the floor space of the Angel by developing the outside area and so we hope to take on about 20 people between the two pubs.
We’ve already got hard working teams, but food is a growth area and people increasingly want value, plus quality and consistency, which is what we deliver.

Mr Moss said in tough times, it was great to be in a village where £300,000 was seen as a worthwhile outlay It's gut-wrenching to drive past a boarded-up pub, but here in Baildon we know that will never happen, hence the investment, he said.

John Barras is a brand from Spirit Pub Company, which owns and operates more than 790 managed pubs across the UK. Other brands in its portfolio include Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square and Flaming Grill.

Sign Outside the building

Sign outside the Malt Shovel giving some of its history. Taken 2019

This reads:-

Malt Shovel Tavern
The Malt Shovel public house is a building of considerable historical interest, Grade II listed and most probably built in the late 17th od early 18th Century is probably one of the most prominent buildings within the Baildon Conservation Area.

Within the north elevation are a number of openings, some 18th century in character and others that are later. Set against the western gable end of the public house is a stone mounting block, a once common feature in pre-20th century Yorkshire but now a rare survivor.

Located on the south elevation of the building is a modern stone structure which marks the historic Location of Bobbling Well, one of the settlement's ancient water supplies. The stone inscription indicates that the stone well was placed there in 1933 by Baildon District Council.

In the early days the inn was run by Hey's Brewery and the Malt Shovel still has leaded windows celebrating the long defunct Hey's Brewery of Manningham, Bradford with an advert for their Gold Cup Ale.

The Malt Shovel still retains its traditional feel and character providing a warm welcoming atmosphere to both locals and the many visitors to the nearby moors and glens.


Please read the page Licencees, sources for information about where a lot of the licencee names and owner names have come from.

The Baines 1822 Directory has Nicholas Walker as victualler.[5]

1827 Landlord - John Smith.[1]

Whites Directory 1853 list of Inn Keepers and Beer Houses lists Malt Shovel - John Smith

1857 Thomas Walker is listed against Malt Shovel[6]

Jones Mercantile Directory of Bradford 1863 lists Thomas Walker as Inn Keeper.

The 1893 Kelly Directory has Alder Walbank, Malt Shovel P.H. Northgate. [7]

1872 to 1955

Summary of Register of Licences granted in Otley for The Malt Shovel.
1872 to 1955.[8]
Licencee Date Owner[9]
Walker, Thomas 1872 Aug 30 Thomas Walker, Northgate, Baildon
William Winterburn 1874 Jun 5
Mary Winterburn 1875 Dec 3
Thomas Doylson(?) 1881 Jan 20 Thomas Walker, Baildon
Alder Walbank 1881 Nov 4
Samuel Wilson 1892 Sep 30 Wm Walker & Sons, Baildon
Samuel Holmes 1894 Nov 2
Wm Henry Heaton 1904 May 13
John Popplewell 1908 Sep 11 Joseph Taylor, Hill House, Baildon
Joseph Holmes 1909 Dec 3
Samuel Jennings 1911 Dec 29 Executors of Joseph Taylor
Annie Lucretia Rhodes 1915 Nov 5
Herbert Poole 1921 Apr 8 J Hey & Co - date probably 1923. Spink missing.[10]
William Hartley 1924 Jan 25
Philip Nicholson 1926 Dec 17
Gordon Hy. Glover 1928 Jun 29
Percy Roberts 1928 Dec 14
Charles Spiers 1932 Apr 8
William Laurence Middleton 1934 Dec 7
William Watson 1938 Jan 14
Fred Richards 1950 Dec 1 .
Transferred to Bingley Petty Sessional Division 31 Dec 1955

1955 -

1955 onwards
Licencee Date Owner
Helen Richards[11] 1960s[1]
?? 1977[1]
< 2013 Spirit Pub Co. (J Barras Pub)[3]
2015 Greene King (Acquisition of Spirit)
Mrs Janet Mary Edmands[12][13] 2018 ??Spirit Pub Company (Services) Limited[13][14]

Census Data

1841 Baildon Census

Name Relationship Age Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
Nicholas Walker 65 Male Yorkshire Innkeeper
Hannah Walker 65 Female Yorkshire
Hannah Walker Jr. 30 Female Yorkshire
John Smith 20 Male Yorkshire Wool sorter
Martha Mawson Servant 20 Female Yorkshire Servant
William Mason Lodger 55 Male Yorkshire

Listed Building description. Grade II[15]

Listing No. - 1283473

Public house. Late C17 or early C18 with mid-C20 alterations. Hammer-dressed stone, dressed quoins, stone slate roof. 2½ storeys. 2-cell gable-entry plan, double-depth. Gable end to street has left half breaking forward. Right half has wide external stack with quoined angle and offsets. Set in the angle between is Tudor-arched doorway with sunken spandrels (blocked) with oval window with leaded lights above. 2-light double-chamfered mullioned window to right of stack at attic level. Coped gable with kneelers and L-shaped stack with 5 chimney pots. Rear gable is coped with kneelers and stack. Righthand return wall has 2 inserted C20 flat-roofed bay windows with mullioned window set between. 1 st floor has former 6-light double-chamfered mullioned window (partly blocked) and 4-light window lacking 2 mullions.

Interior: 2 rooms have stop-chamfered spine beams and floor joists. One large fireplace with segmental arch and stop-chamfered surround; the other room has fireplace of C18 character with monolithic jambs and lintel carried on corbels with moulded surround. Prominently sited in the town.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 A Edwick Baildon history notes.
  2. Otley Licence Register shows 14 Jan 1938
  3. 3.0 3.1 Telegraph & Argus article
  4. Licencees, sources
  5. 1822 Baines History and Directory, West Riding.
  6. 1857 Post Office Directory of Yorkshire, Page 487
  7. Kelly's Directory for Leeds of 1893.
  8. Hand written entries in the Register of Licenses granted in the Division of Otley in the West Riding of the County of York
  9. Dates for the change in owner are only approximate
  10. J Hey & Co bought J Spink & Co. 1923 who appear to have owned Malt Shovel since 1919
  11. Daughter of William Watson. Wife of Fred Richards
  12. Licence documents on display in Malt Shovel. 2019
  13. 13.0 13.1 2018 FOI request logged at WhatDoTheyKnow
  14. It appears that the CBMDC records that this was taken from are out of date. Greene King acquired Spirit in 2015.
  15. Historic England Website