Sadness at pub closure

I WAS saddened to read of the closure of the Masons Arms, Crookes, due to unforeseen circumstances and not because of the recession.

Crookes' pubs are steeped in history. The first pub is the Old Grindstone, which dates from 1828. This pub replaced an earlier one, probably a coaching inn and was at the side of the main route to Manchester.

There was no other building between the pub and Church Street two miles distant. Across the road was the original Grindstone, built in 1830 and was a shoe firm called Bramwell's then in 1864 became a pub (there was enough stained glass for Sheffield Cathedral).

This pub was demolished in 1960.

Further up the road is the Noahs Ark, built about the same time as Crookes Church, as a pub but, for some reason, the building did not become a pub for 25 years.

Although called The Victualler, it was used for storing beer barrels for different pubs then, in 1864, I believe the church, or the vicar of Crookes, The Rev Coombe (after whom Coombe Road was named) gave the pub its name to commemorate the Sheffield Flood. Some of the victims are buried in Crookes churchyard.

The Masons Arms was built 1889-90 and I believe its name has something to do with an old Crookes family called Mason.

The Ball Inn, the previous inn, dates from 1696 and was similar to Crookes House; the present building dates from 1850 in mock Tudor style.

The top windows are Venetian and, with the cobbled market place, was the focal point of Crookes.

The Punch Bowl which, I believe, was called Springvale House Farm, with a farm attached to the back of the house then, in 1820, the house became a pub called 236 Crookes and then in 1906 the pub was renamed the Punch Bowl.

In 1928 Gilmour's Brewery bought the pub and farm which was demolished and the present building, built in the Swiss chalet-style.

Cobden View, built about 1880, was a country pub for 30 years.

The Hallamshire was built late 19th century and the Heavygate Inn was built 1695.

John Jackson (Crookes local historian), Sheffield

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