May 4, 2018


Here is a basic timeline of events relating to the Henry Jenkins Inn. Named after a legendary Yorkshire figure, the pub has served the local community for maybe 200 years. Arguably, given different circumstances, it would be trading still. Had it not been sold to a pub company for a short term profit by the owners at the time, and been drawn into a spiral of low-quality tenants and managers who worked for poor wages, with no incentive to put in any effort to develop trade or keep the pub going, the doors might still be open.

And they could be again, if the people of Kirkby, Laverton and Dallowgill join together to enable a community buyout of this historic tavern. Owned by the community, where the members of the society all have an equal say in how the pub will be run and contribute to the decisions what facilities it will provide – what better result could there be? The Henry Jenkins Inn served good cheer for nearly 200 years – let us ensure it will do so for the next 200.

This is not a very detailed history. There are many gaps in the timeline. If you have any knowledge of events or people which might enable us to fill in these gaps, please contribute these to our society to be integrated into this timeline. Please contact

Henry Jenkins is born.

Henry Jenkins dies at the remarkable age of 169!
He was interred on 6th  December in Bolton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire, where a grand gravestone and inscription marks the spot.

Pub established
The toilets for the Henry Jenkins, as was normal in those days, were exterior to the main building. In fact, the urinals were located at the south-eastern corner of the ‘eastern annexe’ – the location of the gas store when the pub closed in 2011.

Bob Clarkson takes on the lease of the building from Theakstons Brewery.  At that time he had a wife and a young daughter (aged 8), now Mrs Barbara Taylor. Mrs Clarkson was installed as landlady as the pub, ably assisted by her husband. In addition, Bob  Clarkson conversed a space in the pub to use as a joiners shop where he made furniture and coffins.

Bob Clarkson and his family leave the pub and move to Grewelthorpe. Theakstons Brewery transfers the lease to John Henry Kitching, who moves over from running the Hope Inn in Laverton. The occupied by the Joiners Shop is now used for general and building storage. During his ownership a separate Ladies toilet was built to the rear of the pub, leaving the interior toilets for the tenants use alone.

The Pub and entire site is purchased from Theakstons Brewery by the Kitching family. The space previously occupied by the Joiners Shop is now used for pub and general storage.

Gary Hudson purchases the property from the Kitching family and redevelops it into the pub of today with the space previously occupied by the Joiners Shop space now integrated into the main business, becoming a function room and kitchen. During the period of his ownership, the Gents urinals were moved from the south-eastern corner of the building, and located close to the Ladies toilets.

On 4th March 1980, John Smiths Brewery had permission for a hanging sign refused by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) planning department. We have no other information of when John Smiths purchased the Henry Jenkins or for how long they actually owned it.

On 9th May, a Mr Whitely was given permission to construct a new toilet block to replace the existing one.

On 30th January, Mr Whitely was granted permission to build a Pool Room to the rear of the toilet block.


On the 6th August, David & Gillian Wiggle were given permission to erect an outside steel staircase up to the first floor accommodation


After a string of poor managers, none of whom appeared interested in developing the trade and keeping the pub open, the Henry Jenkins Inn finally closed.

David Fielder took ownership of the Pub from receivers in 2012 for £150 000 plus VAT.

2015 – May
The Pub owner David Fielder was witnessed and photographed completely stripping the interior of the pub, including the kitchen, bar, dining area, snug and toilets downstairs, and all upstairs rooms; completely removing all living quarters walls, fixtures and fittings, the electrical wiring system and plumbing.  What could be destroyed by fire was burned in the car-park; the remainder was removed in a skip.
Photographs of the interio after interior stripping can be seen HERE.

2016 – April
On 12th April planning permission was applied for the demolition of a public house and outbuildings, and the erection of 4 no. dwellings (site area 0.09 hectares).

The application Ref 6.24.58.E.FUL,
You can view the application and comments on the HBC site –

We have downloaded the main documents for the application and you can see on our First planning application – 12 April 2016 page.

2016 – September
The Kirkby Malzeard Parish Council (KM PC) took the decision in late 2016 to support the appellant’s planning application, stating “It is the opinion of the Council that it would not be economically feasible for anyone to refurbish and reopen the Henry Jenkins.” This decision was taken without any consultation with residents of the parish.

2017 – February
A unanimous decision by HBC’s Planning Committee February 28th,  was made to refuse planning permission for demolition and development of the Henry Jenkins following a planning meeting and objections by over 90 persons.

You can view the minutes of the meeting and the “Reasons for Reusal” at

2017 – March
March 2017 Henry Jenkins rebranded as “offices” in an attempt to bypass the planning refusal. By an external rebrand as a Real Estate Office, without any attempt to refurbish the (destroyed) interior or add fire and safety requirements, the owner might have been able to claim “change of use’  to a status which allowed demolition without official permission.
To block this possibility, a layer of ‘official protection’ by listing the site as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) was applied for

2017 – June
The Henry Jenkins listed as an ACV by HBC.

2017 – October
A HBC internal review of the ACV decision was requested by the owner, David Fielder.
The decision to list the pub was upheld and the ACV remained.

2017 – October
Henry Jenkins Community Co-op approved for “fully funded support” by the Plunkett Foundation which supports community projects, including buy-outs of pubs) in the UK.

2017 – October
On 20th October the owner of the Henry Jenkins, David Fielder, submits an appeal against the HBC planning decision to reject the application to demolish the Henry Jenkins and build 4 houses.

2017 – December
The HJCC makes a fully-funded offer to buy the pub for £180,000, its full market value, as determined by professional valuation report. This offer was declined by the owner.

2018 – February
On 22 February, John Morrison, from the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol, made the decision to dismiss the appeal made by David Fielder and uphold the Councils original ruling to unanimously reject an application to develop the Henry Jenkins.

You can view the details of the appeal and download the appeal results report –

2018 – March
A new planning application is received by the HBCouncil on 9 March 2018 for change-of-use of a sold off portion of the Henry Jenkins from public house to dwelling.

The planning application can be viewed on the HBC website – and a copy of the most relevant information we have published on this website – April 2018 Planning Application

We have downloaded the main documents for the application and you can see on our Second planning application – April 2018 page.

2018 – May
HJCC submit interim results of Opinion Survey for verification by KM PC.
This shows that 78% of respondents support HJCC’s plans for community buyout and regeneration of HJ as traditional bar and cafe/ bistro with b&b.
To this date, pledges have been made to buy community shares to the value of £103, 600. This is in addition to £180,000 placed in HJCC’s account by supporters to fund the purchase.

2018 – May
Closing date for objections to the March 2018 planning application is 18th May.

You can register and make your appeal on the Council site –

We also have a page to help you with objecting – Objecting to the April 2018 planning application

2018 – August

A third planning application is made on the cut off section of the Henry Jenkins. The application is almost identical to the second planning application.

We have downloaded the main documents for the application and you can see on our Third planning application – November 2018 page.

2019 – August
ACV Application for Annex rejected by Council

After the ACV was dropped from the Henry JEnkins following the sale of the car park and east portion of the building, by law, the ACV was not applicable and another had to be applied for. This was rejected by the Council. Now the original Henry Jenkins retains its ACV and the car part portion does not. A strange decision by the Council given it has consistently rejected planning applications for both portions of the site saying they are community assets.