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The Six Chimneys

The original Six Chimneys dates back to the 16th century.

41–43 Kirkgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1HX

This is named after a building which stood a few doors away. Originally a Tudor mansion, it became known as The Six Chimneys and was a local landmark until it collapsed in 1941.

Photographs and text about lost landmarks in Wakefield. 

The text reads: Over the years, many of Wakefield’s older buildings have been demolished or rebuilt. One of them was The Six Chimneys public house, which stood in Kirkgate by Legh Road.

Thought to date from the 16th century, the earliest known document in which it is mentioned is dated 1688, in which the pub is referred to as The Six Chimneys. The building collapsed in 1941, but its name lives on in this J D Wetherspoon pub.

The Boy and Barrel Inn is another lost landmark. Pulled down in 1898, it stood in the middle of the Market Place (since renamed the Bull Ring).

Erected in 1776, the Theatre Royal was the first purpose-built theatre in Wakefield. In its early years some of the most famous figures of the English stage appeared in the Westgate theatre, including John Kemble and Sarah Siddons. It was eventually replaced on the same site by the Opera House. The latter had its own star turns, including Stan Laurel, who appeared here in 1909 before he teamed up with Oliver Hardy.

Top: Six Chimneys
Above: right, the Boy and the Barrel Inn, left, the Opera House
Left: Two views of Westgate with the Opera House middle distance.

An illustration of The Six Chimneys, Kirkgate, Wakefield.

Built 1566 – collapsed 1941 due to internal structural alterations. 


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