From serving pints to pets

Picture of the old Cock Inn building which is boarded up and is going to be turned into a vets by Chantry Vets.' 'LOCATION: Cock Inn, 180 Batley Road, Wakefield
Picture of the old Cock Inn building which is boarded up and is going to be turned into a vets by Chantry Vets.' 'LOCATION: Cock Inn, 180 Batley Road, Wakefield

YOU may have heard of going to your local for a hair of the dog before, but at one pub you could soon pick up a whole canine.

Chantry Vets has submitted plans this week to set up a new business in the former Cock Inn in Alverthorpe.

The pub has been derelict and boarded up since it closed a few years ago.

The vets already has centres on Northgate and in Outwood, Ossett, Middleton, Normanton and Castleford, but it is looking to branch out further.

Veterinary surgeon Helen Fitzgerald said it will provide hospital facilities for small animals, with room for them to stay at the premises.

She added that the move could result in more jobs.

Plans have been submitted to Wakefield Council for a change of use and the local authority will make the final decision.

The pub dates back to the 1830s and in 1834 the licensee was a John Gill. It was listed as the Cock Inn and Back in 1891.

Other public houses in the district have been transformed into vets. These include the Mexborough in Castleford and the Tap and Spile in Pontefract.