Shakespeare, Phillips Park Road, Bradford. (c) D.N. at ManMates Facebook .
The Shakespeare was a Chesters house at the junction of Forge Lane and Philips Park Road, back in the days when the latter used to run all the way from Miles Platting and through the area where the mini athletics stadium and the larger MCFC stadium is. The archives has a 1971 photo of the Shakespeare from the Forge Lane side.
The Shakespeare did brisk trade from the Richard Johnson & Nephew wire works situated in Forge Lane, but when the works and English Steel ceased, many of the pubs in this area of Bradford near the Colliery, suffered . However, the Shakespeare survived and was still trading as recently as 1991 and I have vague memories of passing this pub, near to where the SportsCity flats are today.
Shakespeare, Philips Park Road, Bradford. (c) Henry Bairsto .
Former location of Shakespeare, Philips Park Road. (c) Google 2011. View Larger Map.
2. Just Henry - Memories of Bradford and Moston Collieries Manchester, Henry Bairsto (1991).