The Halfway House

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The Halfway House
Address 45 Otley Road
Postcode BD17 7PY
Building Date
Early Licence
Licencee Mr Gordon Martin Inglis
Brewery Greene King
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The Halfway House is a pub/restaurant at 45 Otley Road, Baildon.


It was previously known as The Fleece in most of the licence registers and trade directories. Interestingly the 1851 census has Hannah Thompson, Inn Keeper living at New Line, Half Way House.

Built 1830[1]

Notes of a conversation, JLP with Amos Copley 1942. Mr Copley owns No 16&18 (Cottages facing Charlestown Road) These were originally one house occupied by Charles Thompson who kept the house as a Beerhouse. Previous to the district being called Charlestown it was known as The New Line which referred to the new road not long built at that time. Ultimately Charles Thompson moved to The Fleece when it was built. After Charles Thompson the Fleece was occupied by Edward Lambert, whilst Michael Lambert kept The Shoulder of Mutton. [2][1]


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

Hannah Thompson - Fleece 1853[4]

Hannah Thompson (Mrs). Fleece, Newline. 1857.[5]

The Fleece is again listed in 1861[6]

Hannah Thompson - Fleece 1863[7]

Holmes Thompson - Fleece 1972. Register.[8] Also note Holmes is listed in 1851 census as son of Hannah.[9]

Seth Smith - Fleece P.H. 1893[10]

1872 to 1955

Summary of Register of Licences granted in Otley for The Fleece.
1872 to 1955.[8]
Licencee Date Owner[11]
Holmes Thompson 1872 Aug 30 Thomas Hollings, Manningham, Bradford
Edward Lambert 1872 Dec 6
Walter Chamberlain 1880 Dec 3
John Hill 1882 Aug 11
Edward Bradbury 1884 Nov 7 Herbert J.B. Hollins(?),The Watchells, Frimley, Surrey
Abraham Flathers(?) 1886 Jan 1
John Fearnley 1886 May 21
Alfred Harris Lolbey 1888 Feb 3
John Henry Haigh 1888 Sept 28
Seth Smith 1891 27 Feb Wm Whitaker & Co Ltd., Old Brewery, Bradford.
Sidney Hartley Day 1906 Mar 2
John Whittingham 1908 Oct 30
Robert Craven 1922 Sep 15
Laura Craven 1953 Jan 2
Eileen Croft 1955 ??? 14
Transferred to Bingley Petty Sessional Division 31 Dec 1955
  • 2018 Chameleon Bar & Dining Ltd - Mr Gordon Martin Inglis[12]

2019 Change of Ownership

In early 2019 The Halfway House closed after Chameleon Bar & Dining shareholders sold their interest in it (and their 2 other pubs in Lancaster) to Greene King

Text from the T & A article dated 9 Jan 2019:-

The pub closed on Sunday and the deal was completed on Monday when all the staff transferred to national chain Greene King.

After almost 18 years of trading, Chameleon Bar & Dining shareholders decided that they wanted to sell their three remaining pubs - two in Lancaster as well as the Halfway House - and instructed Christies to market them.

Alistair Arkley, who has been a shareholder and chairman of the company since it was founded by Phil Strong in 2000, said: "Phil decided to retire a couple of years ago and my colleague Barry Whitehead and I feel that we have reached the stage where we would rather spend the time with our growing number of grandchildren and the time is right to sell the business”.

A message on the pub's website says Greene King "will be looking to invest considerably and rebrand the pub to take it to greater heights".

It adds that bookings made after January 7 can no longer be honoured but any function booked after June 21 will be honoured by the new owners. For any function before this time, the wedding and events manager would be in touch.

If anyone has an unredeemed Chameleon gift voucher, they will be honoured at the Old Hall in Haworth against food, drink or accommodation until February 25.

Mr Arkley added: "The Keys at Slyne, Lancaster, the Greaves in Lancaster and the Halfway House in Baildon near Leeds have traded well over the years and we are pleased that the new owner will invest in the outlets securing their future for years to come with the skills and resources of a large operator.

"Marc Craddock, who has been managing the business since Phil retired and has been heavily involved in the sale process, will be leaving us after all the arrangements are complete and we would like to thank Marc and wish him every success going forward.

"Most importantly we would like to thank all of the staff some of whom have worked with us for many years and wish them all the best for their future.”

Note from the owners


This is a screenshot and the words from - taken on 10 Jan 2019.

Dear Customer

After over 10 great years as part of Chameleon Bar & Dining, Halfway House is being sold to a larger multiple pub company whom will be looking to invest considerably and rebrand the pub to take it to greater heights. The sale enables the owners to finally retire from the industry and watch with interest from the sidelines after years of great support from our staff and customers alike.

The pub will close on the Sunday 6th January at 5pm giving us chance to serve up our final Sunday lunches and say goodbye.

There are a few final things to make you aware of related to the sale.

All bookings made with us after the 7th January can no longer be honoured, our apologies for this.

Any function booked after 21st June 2019 will be honoured by the new owners. For any function before this time, our wedding and events manager will be in touch with you (if she has not already)

Gift Vouchers – We have deliberately limited gift vouchers for the last 2 months but if you have a Chameleon gift voucher, please note that they must be redeemed by 5pm on the 6th January. Alternatively, they will be honoured at the Old Hall in Haworth against food, drink or accommodation until February 25th 2019.

Thursday 3rd January early closing.
We will be giving our hard working team a late Christmas party and therefore closing the pub at 5pm but will reopen as normal on the Friday 4th January.

Special offers – We will continue to run our food hours and opening hours as normal but as we will be closing on the 6 January at 5pm, we will be running some special offers through the week to limit our closing stock. Look out for these offers on social media.

We hope you will join us to say goodbye and say a massive thank you to our staff for their hard work and commitment over the years in our small independent company. Our staff really are the face and heart of the company and we wish them all the very best for the future.

A huge thanks to all our customers and suppliers for all your support over the years. It has been a blast!

Happy New year from team Chameleon and we hope it is healthy and prosperous for you and your families. We hope you will check out the newly refurbed and rebranded pubs when they are open again.

Marc Craddock
Managing Director
Chameleon bar and dining

Sales literature

Halfway Sale

Taken from here

Census Data


Houses prior to this entry are listed as Charlestown. This is the only one listed as New Line. The next properties are Kirklands followed by several at Spring Garden.

1841 Census for New Line[9] Yorkshire > Otley > Baildon > District 4
Name Age Occupation Yorkshire Born
Charles Thompson 40 Innkeeper Yes
Hannah Thompson 35 Yes
Sarah Thompson 15 Yes
Holmes Thompson 12 Yes
William Thompson 8 Yes
Harriet Thompson 6 Yes
Mary Thompson 3 Yes
Mariah Thompson 1 Yes


Hannah Thompson is listed as Inn Keeper of The Fleece in 1853 Whites Directory. In this census record of 1851 she is listed as living at Half Way House, New Line (The name of Otley Road just after it was built in 1825) with occupation of Inn Keeper.

1851 Census for New Line, Half Way House[9] Yorkshire > Baildon > 3c
Name Relationship Condition Age Occupation Where Born
Hannah Thompson Head Wid 45 Innkeeper Baildon
Sarah Thompson Daugh Un 25 Dress Maker Morton
Holmes Thompson Son Un 21 Butcher Keighley
William Thompson Son Un 18 Woolsorter Baildon
Maria Thompson Daugh 11 Scholar Baildon
John Thompson Son 9 Scholar Baildon
Hannah Thompson Daugh 2 Baby Girl Baildon


Charlestown, Half-way House is the first listing in District 8. The following 3 properties are listed as New Line followed by Charlestown again..

1861 Census for Charlestown, Half Way House[9] Yorkshire > Baildon > District 8
Name Relationship Condition Age Occupation Where Born
Hannah Thompson Head Wid 56 Victualler Baildon
Sarah Thompson Daugh Un 35 Dress Maker Morton
Holmes Thompson Son Un 32 Brewer & General Manager Morton
William Thompson Son Un 28 Woolsorter Baildon
Mary Ann Daugh Un 23 House Servant Baildon
Maria Thompson Daugh Un 21 Bonnet Maker Baildon
Hannah Thompson Daugh Un 12 Scholar Baildon
Thomas Turner Lodger Un 22 Proprietor of Railway Shares(?) Otley


The DESCRIPTION OF ENUMERATION DISTRICT 6 states All the remaining part of the township of Baildon commencing at Baildon Bridge....bounded on the South by the River Aire and comprises The Half Way House, Kirklands Hall and Lodges, all the houses West on the New line Road Charlestown, Wood Bottom, Temple Rhydding.... however The Half Way House does not get mentioned in the census entries themselves. 20 Otley Rd (Fleece Inn)

  • 1st property listed in the district is No. 4 Kirklands
  • 2nd is 20 Otley Rd (Fleece Inn) - Thompson family
  • 3rd - 19 Otley Rd (New Inn) - Joseph R Yates, Horse Dealer - no Inn Keeper or similar listed.
1871 Census for 20 Otley Rd. (Fleece Inn)[9] Yorkshire > Baildon > District 6
Name Relationship Condition Age Occupation Where Born
Holmes Thompson Head Unm 41 Inn Keeper Baildon
Sarah Thompson Sister Unm 45 Dress Maker Baildon
Harriet Thompson Sister Unm 35 Dress Maker Baildon
Harriet Thompson Neice 4 Baildon


1881 Census for Fleece Inn Otley Rd[9] Source: FHL Film 1342036 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4339 Folio 99 Page 17 Yorkshire > Baildon > District 5
Name Status Age Gender Birthplace Relationship Occupation
Walter CHAMBERLAIN Married 57 Male Nottingham, England Head Licensed Victlr Innkeeper
Ellen CHAMBERLAIN Married 49 Female Bulwell, Nottingham, England Wife
Sidney CHAMBERLAIN Unmarried 23 Male Bulwell, Nottingham, England Son Stoker Railway (Unemployed)
Alfred E. CHAMBERLAIN 14 Male Bulwell, Nottingham, England Son


1891 Census for 20 Otley Rd. (Fleece Inn)[9] Yorkshire > Baildon > District 6
Name Relationship Condition Age Occupation Where Born
Seth Smith Head M 52 Publican (Inn Keeper) Eccleshill
Emma Jane Smith Wife M 48 Halifax
Prince Arthur Smith Son 13 Eccleshill
Norman Sheller Boarder M 31 Laundry Manager New York, USA
Nelly Sheller Boarder M 18 Laundry Manageress Ash, Hampshire


For District 3 the CONTENTS of Enumeration District reads All Tong Park, Clifton Mills....Chemical Works....Kirklands, Fleece Hotel, Briar Rhydding....

The census data does not give a number or name to many of the properties. Entry 174 appears to have New Inn added to Otley Rd in different handwriting.

1901 Census for entry No. 150 of district 3 on Otley Rd.[9] Yorkshire > Baildon > District 3
Name Relationship Condition Age Occupation Where Born
Seth Smith Head M 63 Licenced Victualler. Pub. Own Account Eccleshill
Emma Jane Smith Wife M 58 Halifax
Prince A Smith Son S 23 Warehouse Man. Woolen Eccleshill


1911 Census for Fleece Inn[9] District 491 sub 5 enum. 3. (350/641) Yorkshire-West Riding > Baildon > 03
Name Relationship Condition Age Occupation Working at Where Born
J Whittingham Head 70 Widower Hotel Keeper Home Frizinhall, Bradford
A Whittingham Daughter 35 Single House Keeper Home Shipley
M Brennan Servant 23 Single (Fem) Domestic Servant Home Bradford
A Gill Lodger 25 Single (Male) Woolsorter Baildon


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Edwick notes
  2. John La Pages Scrapbook. P104 Book 2
  3. Licencees, sources
  4. Whites Directory 1853
  5. 1857 Post Office Directory of Yorkshire. Page 487.
  6. Whites Directory 1861
  7. Inn keepers and Beer Retailers. Jones Mercantile Directory of Bradford 1863 P112-3-4
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hand written entries in the Register of Licenses granted in the Division of Otley in the West Riding of the County of York
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Taken from scans of handwritten census forms
  10. Kelly's Directory for Leeds of 1893
  11. Dates for the change in owner are only approximate
  12. 2018 FOI request logged at WhatDoTheyKnow