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Chivs86 Poetry: Pubs of Old Baldock

Updated on January 25, 2013

Part 2

Our old Baldock is..
somewhere that made our history.

Why I made this rhyme -
so it won't remain as a mystery,

and I hope that eventually,
Kingsley's will stay in our memories.

Till we grow old and fall off,

Bang that Broken Drum for Baldock.

Bang that Broken Drum for Baldock!
Bang that Broken Drum for Baldock!

Here where we live!

because Baldocks,
where the Bell used to ring!

Ring, way back then,
way before-
the Astonia was for the sick.

We had...
so many places to drink,
before Tesco's,
reared up its ugly head.

Before Costcutter's
ever lived,
but who remembers Victoria Wine-
by the Vic?

or opposite,
across the road,
from our own Taylors Chips.

So many different places
for drink.
It's amazing to think
what the Simpsons did -

For, so many places to drink.

It's hard to define,
our own missing link.

From what we've read'

The stories passed on-
in pen and Ink.
From the coaching days,
when Baldocks beer,
was known for it's trade.


Back when the eight bells would ring,
to a sound that all of Baldock could sing...

Sing to, and bang the drum sticks,
to the Broken Drum down Hitchin Street...

So let's bang that Broken Drum for Baldock,
Bang that Broken Drum!

And get drunk in all these pubs we love,
but, still remember what Baldock once was.


Part 1

The History books -
suggest there is a mystery;
with so much -
that has happened in this little'in.

This Small Market Town -
an enigma -
why the Bulls Head closed down?

Or what about the Star and the Stag?
We still live with the Rose and Crown,
but no more Checkers House,
no Pretty Lamp or the Greyhound.

When the Black Eagles flew,
they demolished it in 1992.

We had the Eight Bells too,
the Old Whitehorse;
and also the Three Horseshoes.

Although we still got the Boot,
one of the only left in our view,
but no more Plume of Feathers
and The Saracens Head-
has now been severed....

Along with the others withered,
the Compasses -
once was a pub that lived.

Back then in the days of old -
we had the Angel,
and a bar by the name of Tolls.

The Beehive by Pinnocks Lane,
the Black Horse, named after
where Black Bess stayed -

But, what is really strange
are the places
that we'll never know by name???

All maybe lost forever,
a mystery surrounds -
the Crown and Anchor.

Our politics a lot to blame.
There was probably -
Quite a few forgotten names.

A lot that weren't supplied.
Although the Orange Tree,
Cock and the Engine survive.
When The Falcon's flew,
the Swan also,
the Coopers Arms had a torso.

And what about Harvey's & the Gap,
or, the Bushell and Strike-
down Jackson Street -

Where it was said,
they played football games
a bit like the Shed.

But now the Sun has set,
It's now the Vic
once owned by Tony West.

The White Lion was the former
Kings Head,
but also there used to be the Red -
Lion. and as for the rest,

like the George of IV,
White Hart
and the Hen and Chickens.

The George and Dragons back open again,
but the Goldcrest has already flown the nest.

There’s a lot of things to be said,
about the old pubs,

from our town where we live.

Original Inspiration

A topic I hold very dear to my heart; the original idea to start writing about the history of my towns pubs came after several dreams I had about the past. It was topic I became fascinated with as soon as I started reading about it and in turn being a poet, down one of these pubs one night (one of the open ones, may I add {the Boot}), I started writing this poem. One of my favorites, one of the ones if people ask me to say a poem it's this one and one to all the people reading this page I'm very happy to share.


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      Daren 5 years ago

      I've done pub crawls when there were 16 or 17 pubs - and it wasn't that long ago!

      In the 18th & 19th Century every other house in Baldock had a licence to sell beer and was classed as a "public house" or inn. Most of them only sold just beer and nothing else, and there were no bars, just tables, chairs and barrels which the landlord would pour beer from and bring it to your table.