Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs

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This new publication, Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs: Pub Interiors of Historic Interest, the first CAMRA book about Heritage Pubs in Sheffield, is now available as a free download. This ground-breaking document is the first attempt to create a snapshot of the Sheffield Pub Heritage picture.


Paul Ainsworth, Chair of the CAMRA National Pub Heritage Group: “Over the past 25 years, CAMRA has developed its national and regional inventories of historic pub interiors. These highlight the crème de la crème of interiors which have either escaped much alteration for many years or contain features of exceptional interest. We have, though, been aware that below these top tiers can be found a host of interiors which, whilst much changed, still offer a great deal worth seeing. The pioneering work carried out in Sheffield to locate and record these pubs has been an inspiring exercise. It enables compilation of this publication portraying the rich tapestry of Sheffield’s pubs from the nationally important to those where what remains, may be fragments, but is nevertheless to be cherished. A bonus, of course, is that many of these pubs sell great real ale. We hope this guide is the first of many.

Included in over 80 pages are over 30,000 words, 300+ images and detailed comments on all of the 22 Sheffield pubs listed on the CAMRA Pub Heritage website. Also documented are both local pubs with some historical interest and many fragments of our historical brewery and pub heritage. The book is available to download from the Sheffield CAMRA website.

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Grateful thanks are given to numerous individuals, the National CAMRA Pub Heritage Group and Sheffield Archives: the latter for providing access to unique historic documentation. Also thanks to Andy Shaw for the design and Mick Slaughter for many of the photos.

Dave Pickersgill


  1. Pubs included range from the well-known to the unusual. The cover features the White Lion with its impressive interior tilework while the Wyvern is included as it is virtually unchanged from 1961 and still uses a separate off-licence and shop. This retains both the original glass fronted low counter and back shelving.

    The book became available during the recent highly successful 43rd.Steel City Beer Festival and within three weeks had over 500 downloads. We are very pleased both with this high number and, more importantly, the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received.

    We would also like to thank all who have informed us of typos, errors etc. These are now all corrected. We aim to produce an updated version around the time of SCBF44, next October.

    1. we hope so – we are currently discussing possible printng with a potential sponsor – thanks, Dave

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