Category Archives: Mystery Pubs

The Mystery of the Golden Lion

QUERY GOLDEN LIONThis photograph is the first in a series of ‘mystery pubs’, which we’ll be posting in the hope that someone will be able to identify them. Over the years we have come across a fair number of photos of pubs with no indication of where they are. Many of them we’ve managed to track down, but some of have eluded all attempts at identification. This one, despite providing plenty of clues, has proved a particularly tough nut to crack. The photo dates – we think – from the 1940s, although someone who knows about cars and car registrations might be able to be a little more specific. What we do know is that the car has a Somerset registration, which suggests that it is likely to be Somerset. It was a George’s house, which indicates that it was probably in Somerset or Gloucestershire – although there were George’s houses in nearby counties, as well as some in South Wales. The licensee was Thomas W Leonard, and it was a beerhouse. A trawl though Kelly’s directories for the 40s and 50s for the relevant counties would probably come up with a result but unfortunately we have not been able to get our hands on them. It may be still open, it may have changed its name, it may have become a house, it may even have been pulled down. We’ve no idea, but if you can suggest any leads we’d be delighted to hear from you.