THE White House at Holthead, which is on the moors halfway between Meltham and Slaithwaite, has been a pub for centuries. Parts of the distinctive white painted building date back to the 16th century.
But it has now become just another statistic in the long list of pub closures and plans have been submitted to turn it into three residential properties.
Old chum Mike Shaw, former editor of the Colne Valley Guardian, has noted its passing with sadness.
“Until about 1960 it was known officially as The Dyers Arms but its local name was The White House. About that time it was bought by Brian Sykes, a pub owner from Cheshire. He renamed it The White House and it became famous, among other things, for its Friday night sing songs. When he died, his daughter Gillian took it over.
“In the 1950s it was run by Miss Dorothy Blakeley. That was when the men's lavatory was outside on top of a hill next to the pub. It was not very pleasant on a winter's night.”
Some time in the 19th century it was owned by a very eccentric licensee, says Mike. This gentleman made himself a pair of wings and declared that he would fly from the roof of the pub.
Bets were laid and money changed hands and the landlord flapped his wings and launched himself skywards – and fell straight into the midden below.
They don't make landlords like that anymore.