The Hanging Gate Inn


Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
obk 72  not listed recorded without number

Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk picture of the Hanging Gate Inn
The image of this silk was very kindly donated by Mary Brittan, UK.

Woven at bottom of silk:-
BWA Macclesfield
Woven in silk 1966

Printed at bottom of card mount:-

The Hanging Gate
"This Gate hangs here and troubles none,
Refresh and pay and travel on.



Legend printed on inside cover of card mount:-
Old Cheshire Inns No 1. The Inn is situated four miles from Macclesfield on the western edge of the Pennines overlooking the Cheshire Plain and has been a fully licenced house since the early part of the seventeenth century. For many years the Inn was affectionately known, by both locals and visitors alike, as 'Tom Steeles'. Tom being the renowned one-armed character who was licensee for over fifty two years.

Card mount:
cm deep by cm wide

11.4cm high by 17.9cm wide

Technical Details supplied by Lewis Cowen:
First Sketch:       Mr Cyril Holland
Design Draft:Mr Cyril Holland
Card Cutter:Mr William Stubbs
Weavers:Mrs Hilda Mathers
Mr Charles Broadhead
Design No:Z.16901

by Lewis Cowen:
In 1964 and 1965 no pictures were available but 1966 saw the production of the first of three woven pictures depicting Cheshire Inns.

THE HANGING GATE is situated at the old entrance to the Greenway Stone - the hanging place many years ago for poachers and other miscreants. Its name is derived from the Scandinavian word 'GATA', meaning entrance. In 1902 Tommy Steele bought the Inn and two fields from Charles Hadfield, a Macclesfield chemist, for 1,850. He was the landlord until he died in 1952 aged 77. He was a man who lived a somewhat solitary life, but despite having lost an arm in an accident with his gun some years previously, was quite capable of running this lonely Inn.

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