Beer being flogged after Wakefield’s Elephant and Castle re-opens

Mary Creagh MP with landlord Tony Padgett, regional manager Malcolm Heslop and manager Paul Lunn.
Mary Creagh MP with landlord Tony Padgett, regional manager Malcolm Heslop and manager Paul Lunn.
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The scene of public floggings in 19th century Wakefield was uncovered during a refit of a city centre pub.

A wall where people were whipped for misdemeanours was found during a £150,000 refurbishment of the Elephant and Castle.

Now beer will be flogged there after the pub reopened following a three-month closure.

Landlord Tony Padgett said: “We found a stone wall in between us and the butcher’s next door.

“According to the information we’ve looked up, it’s where the floggings were done.”

But Mr Padgett said there would be no need of the practice to be re-instated after an improvement in behaviour among Friday and Saturday night drinkers.

He said: “This part of Wakefield is becoming a cultural quarter. People still want to go out and have a good time, and they have a choice of good venues.

“It’s vibrant again.”

Mr Padgett, who also runs the Black Horse opposite, said people who previously took the train to Leeds for a night out were choosing to stay in Wakefield.

He added: “We have opened up the bed and breakfast again and we are hoping to launch our food offer in about two weeks.

“We have generated eight full-time jobs and two part-time jobs.”

The newly-refurbished pub was shown to Wakefield MP Mary Creagh on Thursday.

Ms Creagh said: “It’s an iconic Wakefield pub.

“It’s part of the renaissance of Wakefield city centre, which is good news.

“Wakefield is changing from old style boozers to more light, friendly and also responsible establishments.”