Kings Arms

West Yorkshire - Heath

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

Heath Common
Heath
WF1 5SL

Tel: (01924) 377527

Email: kingsarms@ossett-brewery.co.uk

Website http://www.thekingsarmsheath.co.uk

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Sandal and Agbrigg

Station Distance: 2000m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Sandal and Agbrigg) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A textbook example of how a pub can undergo enormous enlargement without seriously compromising its historic core. This consists of the time-worn, wood-panelled arrangement of corridor entrance, servery with tiny snug (left) and front bar (right). Development around these spaces began in the early 1960s under landlord David Kerr who recycled items from demolished historic buildings, for example Heath Old Hall (demolished 1961) which provided the stone sections for fireplaces in the lounge (right) with the oak panelling coming from an Elizabethan mansion. He carved the coats of arms over the fireplaces in the 1980s when the old kitchen was brought into public use. Expansion continued into adjoining domestic accommodation, stabling and barn, as well as spawning a huge conservatory. There are over 30 working gaslights – most of them modern, but possibly the largest number in any UK pub.

Almost a textbook example of how a pub can undergo enormous enlargement without too seriously compromising its historic core. The old core here is the marvellous little time-worn, wood-panelled arrangement of front bar, corridor entrance, and front snug which originated from cottages in 1841. This formed the entire extent of the pub before the Second World War and it still functions as the ‘pub’ heart of a pub-restaurant that has expanded into adjoining domestic, stabling and barn accommodation and spawned a huge conservatory. The right-side lounge, although a post-war conversion, has some attractive adornments of its own – fireplaces made of salvaged materials from Heath Old Hall and a carved coat of arms of 1980s vintage. The King's Arms has over thirty working gaslights – most of them modern, but possibly the largest number in any UK pub.

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