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The Blue Bell

Learn about one of Britain’s greatest sculptors – Henry Moore.

8 Cross Hill, Hemsworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 4LQ

The Crosshills Tavern sits facing Hemsworth’s main road junction, in the historic heart of the town, close to the centuries-old parish church. The public house was so named in 2001–2, after a brief spell as Whispers Nitespot. Before then, it had long been the Blue Bell Hotel, built ‘to cater for the influx of miners at the turn of the 20th century’. A photograph taken in c1905 shows ‘the comparatively new Blue Bell’ public house.

An illustration and text about Henry Moore.

The text reads: Henry Moore was born on 30 July 1898, in nearby Castleford, the son of a coal miner. He became one of Britain’s greatest sculptors. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. His works can be enjoyed around the world as public works of art. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield holds one of the largest open-air displays on his bronzes in Europe.

Example of Henry Moore’s work.

Left: Seated Mother and Child, 1980-81
Centre: Sheep and Lamb II, 1972
Top right: Reclining Mother and Child, 1979
Bottom right: Two Figures, 1949.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk