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    • Photograph of my great grandmother Elizabeth Smith, landlady of the Sovereign Inn, Shepley 1899 – 1926. She is buried with her second husband Tedbar Smith in Upper Cumberworth Church Yard

    • Photo of the Sovereign Inn, taken around 1900. The landlord is Joseph William Riley, born in London (standing behind white dog). His parents were in service to Queen Victoria. He died the following year and is buried in Shepley Church Yard. His wife Elizabeth (nee Leake) went on to marry Tedbar Smith and had a daughter Sarah Jane Smith, my paternal grandmother. Elizabeth is standing in the doorway next to her husband. She died in 1926

    • Her daughter Sarah Jane went on to live at the Sovereign Inn until her death in 1976. She married Duncan Gordon Roebuck

    • The Sovereign Inn, Shepley, circa 1960. Photo taken by landlady’s daughter Elizabeth Patricia Roebuck. Notice the outbuildings to the right which included a boxing gym in the 1930s and the now-demolished old brewery to the left (where Seth Senior started brewing beer in 1829, a few years after the Turnpike road was built). A creaky old chair was found walled up in a sealed room during demolition. The wall behind the Sovereign Inn is the old parish boundary between Shepley and Upper Cumberworth. You can view more old photographs in the Shepley and District Historical Society Group.