The Cricketers Arms, Keighley closed down on March 12, 2022. © J. Ashley Nixon
The Cricketers Your innings is over Scored more than a ton You outplayed The Globe And The Wellington You stayed in longer Than The Essoldo and Ritz Entertaining their way With big screen hits But time’s been called On the Coney Lane ground Tap room’s emptied With a final round Last pints have been poured Your licence turned in You were bowled out of beer By business’s spin Your door’s shut up The sign is down The Cricketers has left the crease In Keighley Town
The Cricketers Arms began its pub life in the 1840s under the name of The Sportsman. Its name was changed in 1872 when Timothy Taylor’s took over the property. After well over a century with the Keighley brewery well-known for its Landlord beer, it was sold off to Worth Inns. On March 12, 2022, this famous watering hole on the Keighley circuit closed its doors, “with great reluctance” for what could be the final time.
There is a glimmer of hope for its rescue. The demolished former mill site immediately surrounding the pub on Coney Lane has been identified as a future “Aire Valley Shopping Centre” with Aldi supermarket anchoring the location.
Retaining the building is said to be a condition of development. Let’s hope that the planning umpires will keep The Cricketers playing for another season.