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The Greyhound Inn, Penkhull
pen drawing by Neville Malkin - Dec 1975
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Manor Court Street
With a history stretching back to the sixteenth century, this fine old inn incorporates the former Courthouse of the Manor of Newcastle-under-Lyme. A listed building.
In the Middle Ages, the Manorial Court was held in the Borough's castle. With the passing years, that fortress grew increasingly unsafe through neglect and the Court was transferred to Stoke-upon-Trent, which remained the venue throughout the middle years of Elizabeth I's reign. In the 1580s the Court was moved to the Greyhound where it stayed, apart from brief alternations with Stoke, until 1817. By 1829 the Court was being held at Stoke's Wheatsheaf Hotel. In 1854 it was on the move again, to Hanley.
The Greyhound, now stuccoed, was largely rebuilt in 1936 with parts of the original sixteenth-century oak frame preserved as is the enormous stone chimney. The main block, parallel with the road, and a small back wing are still timber-framed but the crossing at the south end was entirely reconstructed in brick. A small room at the north end of the building, beneath the gable on the right, has original sixteenth century walls. The cellars were at one time used as a lock-up for prisoners awaiting trial.