The history of the building

The vaulted cellars of the building are thought to be tempering ovens originally used in the manufacture of cutlery. The Vulcan Inn was built on top of these using them as beer cellars, and thrived for many years serving the steelworkers of the area.

It was originally a Gilmour's pub that was later taken over by Tetley's. It was named the Vulcan due to the local blast furnaces which gave the area the appearance of Vulcan's forge itself, as the bright flares lit up the night. It was closed in the late 1960's and became a metallurgical testing laboratory.

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