A Drink With Our Ancestors review

The new book from Claire Pearson is now available. This detailed and well-researched tome includes a myriad of stories from public houses, past and present, from their early days until the eve of World War II. It is a  potted history of her local pubs, where generations of locals and a succession of travellers have spent their leisure hours. The 325 page book includes many stories from the pubs in and around the South Yorkshire town of Stocksbridge and the nearby villages of Bolsterstone, Deepcar, Green Moor, Hunshelf and Wigtwizzle.

A Drink With Our Ancestors

Many of the pubs featured are no more: the Broomhead Mill Inn, the Butchers Arms, the Coach & Horses, the Miners Arms, the New inn, the Rising Sun, the Rock Inn, the Sportsmans Arms and the Travellers Inn. However, pubs featured include the CAMRA heritage listed, Friendship (Stocksbridge) and, in Deepcar, both the Bradfield Brewery owned King & Miller and the Royal Oak.

A Drink With Our Ancestors is available, on Kindle. In addition, Claire has put together a website which includes dozens of relevant images. She aims to produce second volume next year featuring the pubs of Midhope, Langsett and the surrounding area.

An excellent addition to your bookshelf!


About Dave Pickersgill

Dave has been a CAMRA member since the 1970s and has worked at almost 40 Sheffield CAMRA festivals, plus a fair number of others. He is Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) for Abbeydale, Blue Bee, Bradfield and Loxley. A member of the National Pub Heritage Group, he leads on planning and pub heritage issues. He also edited the Sheffield's Real Heritage Pubs book, for which downloads vastly exceeded expectations. The hard copy was available in October 2018 and again in 2021. On both occasions, it was a sell-out. The 4th edition is available as a free download. Alongside Paul Crofts, Dave is co-local organiser for the 2023 National CAMRA Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference which is planned to be held at the Octagon on 21-23 April. We hope to see you at this event.

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