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Lost Pubs of Walkley


One of our new research topics is the ‘Lost (and Remaining) Pubs of Walkley.

Would you like to help research the history of the pubs of Walkley? Walkley Historians are forming this group to identify the names and locations of pubs, right from the earliest days to today.

We hope to produce a list of all of Walkley’s Victorian pubs, any earlier pubs, and their addresses so that we can map them all.
We would also like to find out any stories associated with each pub, from newspaper reports and trade directories, as well as more recent stories via asking longer-lived Walkley residents about their memories of each pub – e.g. what a pub was like inside, any notable regulars, notable publicans or distinct stories. If you have any stories please get in touch.
Our next Walkley Historians meeting is Tuesday 14th February, 7pm at St Mary’s Community Hall, South Road. Feel free to come along if researching pubs interests you!

We’ve found some great old photos of Walkley pubs on Picture Sheffield.



About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

25 comments on “Lost Pubs of Walkley

  1. Karen Martin
    January 23, 2017

    My Grandma lived on Hardy Street in lower Walkley and went in the pub on the corner of Hardy Street and Otley Street. It was called The Sportsman.

  2. Lois Hopkins
    January 24, 2017

    I would be interested in this but tied up with researching soldiers for Stag at the moment. Not got my rota for this week in Feb yet but keep me informed. You do realise it is Valentine’s Night!!!

    • Bill Bevan
      January 24, 2017

      Thanks Lois. We do realise the date. Seems most Historians aren’t bothered!

      • Lois Hopkins
        January 25, 2017

        I am off that night so hope to come but best ask the other half if he has planned owt- not ! 😉

  3. Alex&Steve
    January 24, 2017

    Hi we currently run The Florist on Walkley Road. We’ve heard some ghost stories about it and they have been described in Ghost hunters guide to Sheffield 🙂 We don’t know much about it but we’d love to find more details about landlords from before 1980’s, some documentation and pictures. We only know that the pub is around 300 years old so loads of history to dig out!

    • Bill Bevan
      January 25, 2017

      Hi, Thanks for getting in touch! We’ll look out for the Ghost Hunters Guide to Sheffield. We’ll see what we can do about finding out more details on the old landlords and photos. Do you have any, by any chance? Do you have any old regulars who can tell some recent good stories, maybe from 40, 50 or even 60 years ago?

      • Hugh Waterhouse
        January 25, 2017

        No sign of the pub on the 1855 OS map

      • Lois Hopkins
        January 25, 2017

        Was going to say Sheffield History site has a lot of info about pub landlords etc but Hugh beat me to it! 🙂

      • Alex&Steve
        January 25, 2017

        Hi we will try get some information from regulars and previous landlords that we know, we have started our own research so we will pass it on if we find anything.
        Many thanks!

    • Hugh Waterhouse
      January 25, 2017

      This is the entry for the Florist in the pub pages at http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/ It only gives one new name but I am sure there is a lot more to find out…


      185 Walkley Road, S6

      Open 1937
      1937 Arthur bradford
      1938 Arthur Bradford
      1939 Arthur Bradford [ beer retailer only ]
      1942 Arthur Bradford
      1944 Arthur Bradford
      1948 Arthur Bradford

      Pic © J H Crawshaw

      This is from http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/3530-pubs-f-to-m-keepers-picture-links/?page=3#comment-16646

      • Alex&Steve
        January 25, 2017

        Hi there, thanks for your message! I think I’ve seen that photo before and I think it’s the oldest so far…we keep looking 🙂

      • Bill Bevan
        January 26, 2017

        Hi Alex and Steve,

        We hope to put on temporary exhibitions and storytelling events in pubs, based on the stories and history we find out about them. I think we’re planning these for next year. If we get enough material on the Florist, would you be interested in hosting these?

    • walkleycemetery
      January 28, 2017

      Walkley Road was re-numbered some time between 1891 and 1895. Before that the Florist was no. 103.

      From census/directories/newspapers here are some more landlords:

      1869 John KING
      1871-1874 Charles CHAPMAN
      1876 Sidney J SMITH
      1881 Thomas ROBINSON
      1883-4 Jeremiah PARKIN
      1889-1901 John PLATTS
      1905 Robert OXLEY
      1911-31 Benjamin WATSON
      1932-5 Arthur BRADFORD


    • walkleycemetery
      January 28, 2017

      A few other odds and ends:

      In the 1930s the Florist was part of a very active local Billiards League – there are many reports of results in the papers. (may have gone on after this date – the available papers online only go up to 1939).

      In 1880 the pub was the headquarters of one of the local committees supporting a Conservative Party candidate in the general election, Charles Stuart-Wortley. He won the seat and became the first Conservative MP for Sheffield. This was quite an achievement considering that the Liberals won with a landslide.

      In 1872 there were other political meetings, this time for the Liberal standing for the council.

      Finally, I found two inquests held at the Florist (1901 and 1902)


      • Alex&Steve
        January 29, 2017

        Did you dig it all out from Internet?

      • walkleycemetery
        January 29, 2017

        Mostly from the internet (newspapers at FMP, census at Ancestry, directories from a Historic Directories site owned by Leicester University). I did look at a few directories in the Local Studies Library.

  4. Elmo Eldridge
    January 25, 2017

    When I lived the other side of the hills the local history discussion forum had an excellent thread on old Pubs http://www.whaleybridge.net/forum/posts/t656-Historical-Photographs-of-Whaley-Pubs/page19 There were hundreds of photos and comments.
    Was there a pub on the corner of South Road and Palm Street? As seen in this photo on Ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/391530952663

    • Hugh Waterhouse
      January 25, 2017

      A directory entry from Sheffield Indexers:

      Hill, Rowland (Grocer & beer retailer).
      Address: 386 South Road, Sheffield in 1905.
      Recorded in: Whites Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham.

      • Jamie
        January 25, 2017


        I am an ex- Walkley resident and I’m currently writing a book on Sheffield pubs. If any pictures or info surfaces please drop me a line- sheffieldpubs@outlook.com

      • Bill Bevan
        January 26, 2017

        Hi Jamie,

        We’re very happy to help if we can. Likewise, if you have any information on Walkley’s pubs we’d like to hear it. We’re working towards temporary exhibitions and storytelling events in pubs next year than a book about Walkley in three years time.

  5. RichardB
    January 26, 2017

    I am the man responsible for the Pubs data on SheffieldHistory.co.uk

    • Bill Bevan
      January 27, 2017

      Thanks Richard. Is it best for us to search SheffieldHistory.co.uk or contact you?

  6. RichardB
    January 27, 2017

    Hi Bill, everything I did is on SheffieldHistory.co.uk – about 8 years worth.

  7. Alex&Steve
    January 29, 2017

    Hi Bill, we’d love to host one of those pub history events!

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