Horse & Jockey, Wadsley

This Halloween there will be spooky goings on at the headless Horse & Jockey in Wadsley, including a Day of the Dead Disco and a visit from a witch; but it’s the pubs’ creepy cellar with mysterious, unknown passageways which provide the true tale of mystery and intrigue.

Situated on the site of medieval Wadsley’s village green, new pub managers Ashleigh McMain and Matt Weigold are appealing to CAMRA members to help shed light on recently discovered mystery passageway.

Long forgotten about for decades, the duo believe the bolted and sealed door reveals a secret and on Halloween they are offering a rare chance for visitors to the pub to explore it for themselves.

The history of the passage is unknown, as is the location it leads to. Some residents suggest it lead to Wadsley manor house which previously had tunnels leading from its location on Laird Road to Wadsley Lane, whilst others believe it could have been used as a bolt-hole by users of the Church.

The duo have experienced a who few strange spooky sightings in the cellar, but little is known about the history or origins of the mystery tunnel.

Matt Weigold, Events manager at the Horse & Jockey said:

“We’ve heard of rumours from locals about long lost servants visiting the Horse and Jockey at the dead of night and we’ve noticed a few strange things, but we’ve been unable to find out anything further. We’d love to know what lies behind the mystery door, but it looks like it’s been sealed for many years and curiously it appears to be bolted from the other side.

“If you know anything that can help us solve the mystery, we’d love to hear from you.”

Any information provided will help to create a truly terrifying evening at the Children’s Ghost Tour on 31st October. This is a free to attend, family friendly event held from 6pm to 9pm and will include Halloween themed games, a tour of the pubs cellars and a visit from a live witch.

If you have any information, please contact Matt Weigold on


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

1 comment

  1. Really welcoming, great pub, with excellent ambience, actually owned by the local Stancil brewery, so it always has the full range of their cask beers, properly kept — the ginger being my fave; the blonde being a great staple — and nice & cheap (£2.50 across the board).
    I rang yesterday lunchtime to ask if the monthly folk club was on that night, to be answered by a super-friendly manageress (Ashleigh) who said she’d ring the guy who runs the club, and then she rang me back. Now that’s service. So I turned up to a candle-lit lovely atmosphere and a great night all round. Chatting to Ashleigh, it turns out she used to be a nurse, so she’s sort-of transferred her ‘caring’ skills to make a top job of running a pub — from just this summer, since Stancil took it on.
    I’ll be going every month to the folk club; shame it isn’t on my doorstep to be my local.

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