Pubs have become an endangered species in recent years with hundreds closing across the country.
Honley now has three, but research by local historian Cyril Ford shows the village has had many more in the past.
The three that remain are The Allied, The Foresters and The Jacob’s Well.
Those that have closed include The Bird In Hand in Meltham Road, The Coach and Horses (now an Indian restaurant), The Commercial in Church Street, the wonderfully named Cloggers in Westgate, The Farmer’s Boy in New Street, The George and Dragon in Westgate, The Grove on Huddersfield Road, The Hare and Hounds at Smithy Place, The Live and Let Live in Church Street, The Royal Oak at Woodbottom, which was also known as The Three Shiners, The Wagon and Horses in Westgate, The Westgate Inn and the Wheatsheaf in Southgate, plus The Railway (now a pizza place).
Cyril believes The Railway could also have been called The Sawery at one time, or that this could have been a different pub nearby.
But what does Sawery mean?
Cyril adds that the Wheatsheaf, which was thought to have closed before the war, was still open in 1942 when Edward Heap was fined £3 for allowing alcohol to be consumed after 10pm and Herbert Horsfall was fined £2 for drinking after hours.
There was also The Star of David nearby at Oldfield and The Cricketers at Deanhouse, which is, of course, still there and thriving and was also known as The Blazing Rag.
Anyone know why?