THE DIARY: Drownings and dram shops: a brief history of the Ship Inn

Kath and Cyril Stewart
Kath and Cyril Stewart
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IT’S unclear when exactly The Ship Inn was built but it is thought it opened as a pub around 1830.

Famously and ironically, it is said two sailors drowned there during the 1864 Great Sheffield Flood. The two seamen – about as far inland as one can get in England – were washed into the pub cellar where they perished.

For most of its life the pub also had a popular dram shop but this was removed in the 1980s.

In 2007, it was one of the few pubs in the area to be unharmed by Sheffield’s second major flood. It acted as an unofficial community centre during the disaster.