THEY are a great British institution and most of us have a favourite. But, as in the rest of the country, Hereford's pubs have been closing at a disquieting rate over the decades.

Changes in social habits, drink-drive restrictions and the cost of a night out - as well as other factors - have all seen a number of once-popular watering holes take on a new existence.

The Three Crowns in Eign Gate has become an amusement arcade, the Tabard in Commercial Street has evolved into a bank and a coffee shop, the Gamecock in Holme Lacy Road is now a convenience store, as is the Buckingham in Whitecross Road, while what was once the Racehorse, and then became the Entertainer, in Newtown Road, is now a furniture shop.

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The Tabard in Commercial Street - now a bank and coffee shop

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The Gamecock in Holme Lacy Road, Hinton, Hereford

And those are just some of the pubs which have been taken over by a new life in the last generation.

The Salmon, on Eign Road, has evolved into a nursery while the Pippin, once a popular haunt for lunchtime meetings in the city, has now long vanished from Widemarsh Street.

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Now a nursery - once The Salmon

Belmont Roundabout, one of the principal gateways to the city, once had a drinking establishment at every corner.

The Welsh Club still thrives and the Treacle Mine, once the Crown, seems set to be brought back to life under new management.

But the Ship Inn, once a hugely successful business, sits forlornly and boarded up while the Greyhound Dog has long since vanished in the redevelopment of the roundabout.

So take a look below at our list of the 89 lost pubs and share your memories.

There may be others - if so tell us.

What was your favourite and why? Let us know at news@herefordtimes.com Some of the pubs which have vanished in Hereford City alone since the 1850s:

1. Anglers Inn, Union Street
2. Anchor and Can, Hinton Road
3. Antelope, Barton Road
4. Bakers Arms, Bath Street
5. Barrel Inn, Eign Road
6. Barton Tavern, Barton Road(below)

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7. Bell Vue, Eign Road
8. Bell Inn, Gwynne Street
9. Belmont Inn, Belmont Road
10. Black Swan, Widemarsh Street
11. Bridge Inn, College Estate

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12. British Oak/ Nell Gwynne, Catherine Street(above)
13. Buckingham, Whitecross Road - every little helps..(below)

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14. Butchers Arms, Berrington Street
15. Cambrian, Whitecross Road
16. Carrick Head, Broad Street
17. Castle Inn, Stonebow Road
18. Coach and Horses, Commercial Street
19. Cotterell Arms, Cotterell Street (below)

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20. Crown and Sceptre, Bye Street
21. David Garrick, St Peter's Street
22. Dukes Head, St Martin's Street
23. Elephant and Castle, St Peter's Street
24. Essex Arms, Widemarsh Street(below)

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25. Exchange, Broad Street
26. Farriers Arms, Catherine Street
27. Fiveways, Commercial Square
28. Gamecock, Holme Lacy Road (Above)

29. Gardeners Arms, Church Street
30. Globe Inn, Newmarket Street
31. Gloucester House, Berrington Street
32. Golden Cross, Maylor Street
33. Golden Lion, Aubrey Street
34. Greyhound, Eign Street
35. Greyhound Dog, Belmont Roundabout
36. Great Western, Commercial Road
37. Half Moon, Eign Street

38. King's Head, Broad Street/West Street(below)

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39. Maidenhead, Eign Street(above)
40. Midland Inn, Plough Lane
41. Millbrook Tavern, Millbrook Street
42. Moorfields, Moorfield St
43. Mitre, Broad Street(below)

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44. Nags Head, Broad Street

45. Nelson, West Street
46. New Inn, Widemarsh Street
47. Newtown Inn, Newtown Road
48. No 5, Widemarsh Street
49. No 10, Widemarsh Street
50. Packhorse, Belmont Road
51. Pineapple, Widemarsh Street
52. Pippin, Widemarsh Street
53. Plough, Aubrey Street
54. Plough, Broad Street
55. Prince of Wales, Eign Street
56. Punch Bowl, West Street
57. Racehorse/ Entertainer, Newtown Road
58. Railway Bell, Blueschool Street
59. Raven Hotel, Widemarsh Street
60. Red Streaked Tree, Maylords Lane
61. Red Lion, Eign Street
62. Royal George, Widemarsh Street
63. Royal Oak, Barton Road
64. Royal Standard, Bewell Street
65. Rummer Tavern, Bewell Street
66. Salmon, Eign Road(below)

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67. Sawyers Rest, Burcott Road
68. Seven Stars, Eign Street
69. Ship Inn, St Owen's Street
70. Ship Inn, Belmont Roundabout(below)

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71. Spread Eagle, King Street
72. Sun Inn, St Owen's Street(above)
73. Sun Tavern, St Peter's Street
74. Tabard, Commercial Street(below)

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75. Three Crowns, Eign Gate
76. Victoria Hotel, Widemarsh Street
77. Victoria Inn, Ross Road
78. Victoria Vaults, Eign Street
79. Vine Inn, Blueschool Street
80. Watermans Arms, St Martin's Street
81. Weavers Arms, Bewell Street
82. West End Vaults, Eign Street
83. Whalebone, Eign Road
84. Wheatsheaf, Newmarket Street
85. White Hart, Broad Street
86. White Horse, Union Street
87. White House, Whittern Way
88. White Lion, Maylord Street
89. Woolpack, St Nicholas Street

 

2019 update: Sadly a few more pubs have been added to the list. The Booth Hall, Treacle Mine, Heart of Oak and the Newmarket are all new additions having closed.

But there is some good news - the Spread Eagle is now back open and thriving.