This must be the oldest photo we have of The Royal Horseshoes. I wonder whether it could be the publican on the left, with his son and small daughter alongside him, and his wife standing in the doorway. Judging by their dress, this could easily have been taken in the 1890s – perhaps even the 1880s.
The three-story Malt House is on the right, on the other side of the crossroads. Click on the image to enlarge it.
With thanks to Rob Pilkington for allowing us to copy it.