The recent Sheffield Heritage Fair highlighted the importance of our local heritage: how we learn about our past and how it shapes our future. One integral aspect of this interest is pubs: for centuries, the home of personal interactions and a barometer of social change.
For example, the recent Sheffield Beer Week saw 23 enthusiastic participants join a sell-out guided pub heritage walk in the Kelham Island/Neepsend area. On this occasion, parts were recorded for posterity: https://tinyurl.com/dad8ezmt. Thanks to the Fat Cat, the Wellington and Alder Bar for hosting us. Similar guided walks are planned for Sheffield Walking Festival in September.
The recent Members’ Weekend, AGM and Conference saw the launch of, not one, but two new Sheffield-based Pub Heritage publications. Paul Ainsworth, Chair of the National Pub Heritage Group, also led a pub heritage walk. However, we knew more would want to follow the route than was possible to lead.
Hence a 32-page, A5, full-colour booklet, including directions and background information was printed, providing walking instructions and information about local pubs and attractions on a 1.5 mile walk from the University Arms to Fagan’s. Suggested calling stops en route are the Bath Hotel, the Red Deer, the Grapes and the Dog and Partridge.
In addition, a new edition of ‘Sheffields’ Real Heritage Pubs’ is now available: 120 pages, A5, full-colour, over 70 new images and many text changes.
Thanks to the sponsors who have supported these publications: Abbeydale Brewery, Alder Bar, Bradfield Brewery, the Crow, the Dog and Partridge, Hop Hideout, the Rutland, Sheffield Beer Week and the University Arms. Copies of both publications are available at several local outlets. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for postal and retail enquiries. They are also available as free downloads from the Sheffield CAMRA website: https://sheffield.camra.org.uk/rhp/