It Couldn’t Happen to my Hertford Local, Could It?

Written by Les Middlewood

Fifteen years ago Pints of View printed an article about the pubs that have been lost in Hertford since 1950.

It conjured much misty-eyed discussion in the town pubs as it demonstrated that over 30 pubs had closed.

Whilst closures had not always been for economical reasons (Hertford’s road improvements claimed a few by itself), the loss in numbers had also coincided with the dwindling number of people using their Community Pubs or Locals. We suggested that maybe this was acceptable so long as there was another pub just up the road but what happens when that one closes?

Since that article the pub has continued to have to compete with the rise of other pastimes and activities and now we have the unknown long-term effects that will be caused by Covid-19.

The pub still holds a place dear to most drinkers` hearts and more than ever we need to give it our support.

Look out for our positive 2020 Autumn Ale Trail of Hertford’s current real ale pubs, soon to be printed on this website.

The updated list below is a tale of what has happened to the town’s pubs – maybe cause itself for friendly nostalgia, over a pint, in a Hertford pub.

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Pub closures since 1950

Pub Closed Last Owner What’s There Now
Albion, Railway Place 1966 Allied Housing
Bear’s Ear (Gt.North’n), Cowbridge 1955 McMullen Offices
Bell and Crown, Cowbridge 1990 McMullen House
Black Swan, West Street 1959 Allied By-pass
Brewery Tap, Millbridge 1958 Wells & Winch Community gardens
Cold Bath, North Road 1962 McMullen Flats
Cranbourne Arms, St Andrew Street 1954 Wells & Winch House/office
Dimsdale Arms, Fore Street 1994 McMullen Pizza restaurant
Dolphin, Railway Street 2004 McMullen Flats
Flower Pot, Salisbury Square 1972 Allied Shop
Foresters Arms, Ware Road 1959 Benskin Shop
Gladstone Arms, Castle Street 1965 McMullen By-pass
Globe, Bengeo Street 1961 Allied Housing
Green Dragon, Maidenhead Street 1952 McMullen Shops/flats
Greyhound, Port Vale 1979 McMullen House
Harts Horns, Hornsmill Road 2014 Pub Co. Indian restaurant
Hummingbird, Fore Street 2019 Pub Co. Short-lived – empty
John O`Gaunt Pegs La. 1994 McMullen Nightclub/demolished
Kings Head, St Andrew Street 1955 McMullen Shop – vacant
Lion’s Head, Railway Street 1961 Free House Flats
Little Bell, St Andrew Street 1958 McMullen Hairdresser/shop
Nag’s Head, Ware Road 1994 Whitbread Flats
Old Oak, Hertingfordbury Road 1983 Allied By-pass extension
Plough (Warehouse), London Rd 1990 Allied Offices
Punch Bowl, Railway Street 1980 McMullen Shop
Prince Regent, Bull Plain 2003 Pub Co. Late night venue
Queens Head, Fore Street 1956 Taylor Walker Mexican restaurant
Red Lion, St Andrew Street 1961 McMullen By-pass
Reindeer (Hillside), Port Hill 2009 Allied Veterinary surgeon
Rising Sun, Balfour Street 1958 McMullen House
Salisbury Tap, Church Street 1970 cMullen Hotel extension
Sele Arms (Bridge Hse), North Rd 2015 Building co. Homes being built
Ship, Old Cross 1974 McMullen Shop
Sportsman, Fore Street 2007 Free Bar – temp. closed
Talbot Arms, Fore Street 1966 McMullen Italian cafe
3 Tuns (TBrandon’s), St Andrew Street 2003 Pub Co. Thai restaurant
Unicorn, Hartham Lane 1984 McMullen Supermarket car park
Warren House, New Road 2009 Free Flats
Warren House, Railway Street 1982 Allied Shops

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