Telegraph & Argus Tuesday January 23, 1979:

One of Bradford’s oldest and best known public houses, The Talbot, was up for sale once again after its closure in March 1974. According to the Leeds office of Dacre, Son and Hartley, the historic Bradford building could once again become a prominent a hotel, but it was more than likely to become offices or a restaurant. Still mystery surrounded the 2 stone Talbot’s, that had gone missing shortly after the hotel closed, having stood for many years over the front door. One rumour was that they had turned up in a doctor’s garden near Wakefield, another was that they had been sold by Sotheby’s.