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Click to enlarge The Three Houses Inn at the junction of Chevet Lane and Barnsley Road. The original inn (formerly named the Magpie) was a much older building that stood very close by on the opposite side of Barnsley Turnpike (now Barnsley Road, A61) where Castle Road now joins it.

The pub's name comes from the union of three Sandal Magna ale houses or inns - the Raven, the Magpie and the Plough. After magistrates ordered the closure of the Raven and the Plough, all three of these inns were amalgamated to form the Three Houses Inn on the site of the Magpie. No traces of the old inns remain. Later the Three Houses Inn "hopped" across the Barnsley turnpike road to where it is still located today. (1)
The earliest component building of the 'new' Three Houses Inn dates from the late 17th or early 18th century. Nevison was executed in 1684. .


Click to enlarge The old Three Houses Inn at Sandal Magna. This was on the opposite side of Barnsley Road to the present pub.

It was in this now demolished building that Nevison the Highwayman was apprehended, according to Mary Ingham and Barbara Andrassy in Sandal Magna, a Yorkshire Parish and its People, see side panel. –›
[Building photographed after it had ceased to be an inn.]


Click to enlargeThe blue plaque on the present Three Houses Inn commemorating the capture of Nevison.[Photographed 2009]

The highwayman was captured at the Magpie, later the inn became the original Three Houses Inn. There are a number of dates suggested as the date of the execution (go to the Nevison page).

■ Wakefield Civic Society, No 32. John Nevison, for more information about this blue plaque. [Web site accessed 29 Jul 2016.]


Click to enlargePart of our English Heritage.
The Three Houses Inn.
The various buildings range in date from the late 17th or early 18th to the late 18th or early 19th century.

It is a Grade II Listed Building and is included in 0 Images of England. IoE Number: 441435. Location: THE THREE HOUSES INN, BARNSLEY ROAD (east side), WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE. Date listed: 01 February 1979. [Site accessed 29 Jul 2016.]

■ See also Historic England Listing, entry 1260221, Three Houses Inn).
[site accessed 29 Jul 2016]


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[These two sites accessed 29 Jul 2016]

Click to enlarge The Three Houses viewed from Barnsley Road, Sandal. [November 2009]


Click to enlargeThe old Three Houses Inn was situated in this area between Castle Terrace and Manygates Lane, opposite the present inn.
[November 2009]


Click to enlargeThe junction of Chevet Lane and Barnsley Road. The old Three Houses Inn was on the opposite side of the between Castle Terrace and Manygates Lane. Manygates Lane provides access to Sandal Castle. The large building in the centre of the picture is a care home.
[August 2010]


Click to enlargeInside the Three Houses. There is more to the pub than is visible here, of course; other rooms include the bar, just visible, and a restaurant. Photographed in 2010, so all in the past.
Visit the pub's web site:
■ The Three Houses.
[Site accessed 10th November 2018.]

1. Sandal Magna, A Yorkshire Parish and its People by Mary Ingham and Brenda Andrassy (see Links Page).

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