The Halfway House
|Address||45 Otley Road|
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.
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. 
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
The Fleece is again listed in 1861
Hannah Thompson - Fleece 1863
Seth Smith - Fleece P.H. 1893
1872 to 1955
|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|
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.
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.
|Sarah Thompson||Daugh||Un||25||Dress Maker||Morton|
|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..
|Sarah Thompson||Daugh||Un||35||Dress Maker||Morton|
|Holmes Thompson||Son||Un||32||Brewer & General Manager||Morton|
|Mary Ann||Daugh||Un||23||House Servant||Baildon|
|Maria Thompson||Daugh||Un||21||Bonnet Maker||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.
|Holmes Thompson||Head||Unm||41||Inn Keeper||Baildon|
|Sarah Thompson||Sister||Unm||45||Dress Maker||Baildon|
|Harriet Thompson||Sister||Unm||35||Dress Maker||Baildon|
|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|
|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.
|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|
|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|
- A Edwick notes
- John La Pages Scrapbook. P104 Book 2
- Licencees, sources
- Whites Directory 1853
- Whites Directory 1861
- Inn keepers and Beer Retailers. Jones Mercantile Directory of Bradford 1863 P112-3-4
- Hand written entries in the Register of Licenses granted in the Division of Otley in the West Riding of the County of York
- Taken from scans of handwritten census forms
- Kelly's Directory for Leeds of 1893
- Dates for the change in owner are only approximate