BAILIFFGATE 1. 5330 (North Side) Nos 22 to 26 (even) NU 1813 NW 3/155 II GV 2. Early C19. Two storeys. Two windows each, No 26 (the former Red Lion Public House has 3 windows. Ashlar fronts; cill string below 1st floor windows of Nos ?"' and 24. Chamfered eaves band to slate roof. One brick, one stone and one rendered chimney. Glazing bar sash windows 1st floor Nos 22 and 24. No 24 has a paired plate glass sash. No 22 has a later C19 shop window linked to doorway by common fascia. Ground floor of No 24 altered. Plain doorway to Scott's Yard - at rear of Nos 22 and 24 qv. Nos 24 and 26 have 6 panel doors.
The earliest mention we have found of the Red Lion is in an advertisement from 1776 which reads "Red Lion Inn: James Hindmarsh having fitted up the said Inn in a very Commodious and Genteel manner for the Reception of the Nobility, Gentlemen, Travellers and others travelling the Great North Road &c. and having laid in a great quantity of neat wines, rum, brandy, etc. Those who are pleased to favour the inn with their company may depend upon meeting with the most obliging and civil viage from their most humble servant, James Hindmarsh. NB New coach house, good stabling for about 30 horses, and new four wheel post-chaise with careful drivers and able horses to any part on the shortest notice also saddle horses may be had on the least notice by the Stage, Day or Journey. The said inn was opened 11th June 1760.
It appears in Pigot's directory (1828), Slater's Directory (1855), the Post Office Directory (1858) and on Woods Map (1827). A list of Alnwick pubs published by the Morpeth Herald in 1891 states that it had closed within the previous 20 years.
The Cow Causey and Buckton Burn Turnpike Act was passed in 1746/7.