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Glossop Ghost Pub Trail & Heritage Trail

Welcome to the Ghost Pub Trail & Heritage Trail around Glossop town centre taking in the best remaining pubs, pubs that have long since gone (ghost pubs) and also 19 Grade II Listed buildings / structures.

This heritage trail is based on extensive research of census records, trade directories, local knowledge and site visits. The excellent 'History in a Pint Pot' by the late David Field published in 1999 was the inspiration for this trail and is a 'must read' if you want to know more about the pubs (past and present) of Glossop.

Over the last two centuries many pubs, inns and hotels have opened, changed names and closed, in the early 1900s there was a strong Temperance movement and the Licencing Act of 1904 saw 10% of pubs close in an effort to clean up the industry by closing purely drinking houses in favour of inns that also provided recreation and food. Compensation, usually 90% to the pub owner and 10% to the innkeeper, was paid in return for the licence.

The Map of Glossop Public Houses, Inns & Taverns, below, is available in PDF format for the price of a large or medium coffee donation (see our footer).

Glossop Pubs Map


Real ales, fine architecture and significant heritage contribution
Good beer, architectural merit and heritage contribution
Contributes to overall architecture and heritage
Building still remains with significant architectural merit
Building still remains but not much architectural merit.
Building no longer standing, demolished and/or replaced
English Heritage Grade II Listed

The Ghost Pub Crawl & Heritage Trail , starts at the Grade II Listed railway station, built in 1845 by the 13th Duke of Norfolk, at his own expense.

Glossop Railway Station
He also built the branch railway line from Glossop to Dinting after the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company had refused to build the branch line. Watch out for the Howard Lion standing resplendent above the old entrance

The Star Inn, turn left out of the railway station and up the hill to an impressive curvaceous three story building built about 1837 occupying the corner of Howard Street and Norfolk Street.

The Star Inn
A cosy pub offering a fine selection of real cask ales. One of the best.

The George Hotel, opposite the railway station.

The George Hotel
Formerly Hotel Winston, Shirill Restaurant and originally the Station Inn / Hotel. Most notable is the original window above the corner entrance. Looks like it closed in 2019.

The Railway Inn, down the hill was a pub built in 1838 but demolished in 1909 to make way for the Conservative Club, now a Grade II listed building.

The Railway Inn
The Conservative Club closed in 2013 and is now home to Harvey Leonard's Wine and Ale bar and shop with a dedicated craft beer section, draught craft ales on tap and bottled world beers and the Crystal Ballroom on the top floor.

The Norfolk Arms Hotel, down the hill from the railway station to the centre, this was the old coaching inn and posting office dating from 1823, where Royal Mail horses were rested on their journey between Manchester and Sheffield.

The Norfolk Arms Hotel
A Joseph Holts pub with a modern and corporate interior offering good pub food and beer.

Walking through Norfolk Square you will encounter 9 Grade II listed buildings or structures, Drinking Trough, Telephone Kiosks, Town Hall & Market Hall, NatWest Bank, Partington Theatre, War Memorial, Flower Shop & Restaurant, 10-18 Henry Street, 8 Henry Street.

Victoria Lounge, continue through Norfolk Square and down Henry Street to one of the few red brick buildings in Glossop.

The Moon & Sixpence
Formerly The Moon & Sixpence and before that The Fleece built about 1846.

The Bush, was next door to the Victoria Lounge / Moon & Sixpence on Bernard Street built about 1847 and was The Carter & Motormen's Club for over 60 years and more recently The Blue's Club.

The Bush

The Friendship Inn, continue down Bernard Street and cross over Arundel Street. Note the large lantern adorning the corner of the building.

The Friendship Inn
A Robinson's pub serving traditional draught beer in a homely environment complete with resident cat, pub and sporting memorabilia complete the warm ambiance.

Continue down Arundel Street to the Old Glossop Gas Works, now Wain's stationery shop.

The Corner Cupboard, continue down Arundel Street to High Street West.

The Corner Cupboard
Originally the Victoria Inn (the name still remains on the top of the corner elevation) built in 1930 replacing a smaller pub and shop built about 1833. It was also (when fashionable) an Irish themed pub.

Turn right and continue down High Street West. Shrewsbury Street contains the Methodist Chapel / Sunday School and the Glossop Joinery with attached walls and railings are Grade II listed

The Globe, turn right and continue down High Street West. Built about 1833 but the first alehouse licence was not sought until 1846.

The Globe
Great bohemian atmosphere, good food, all kinds of live music & they brew cracking ales on site.

Continuing down High Street West to Wren Nest Mill, now apartments and retail units.

The Junction, continue all the way down High Street West to the mini roundabout to the building on the corner of High Street West and Primrose Lane.

The Junction Inn
One of the first pubs in Glossop built in 1817 and refreshed weary travellers for 193 years, closing in 2010.

The Grapes, head back into Glossop along High Street West.

The Grapes
Built in 1845, the first licensee was bookkeeper John Howard, it retains a lot of its original character with two sash windows engraved with "Commercial Room" and "Smoke Room".

The Hanging Gate, continue back into the town centre, built about 1825 this pub closed in 1960 and was demolished in 1969.

The Hanging Gate
Located at number 277 (now a grassy gap next to Hugh Street), it had a large painted gate on the side elevation with the pub name and Hammonds Ales.

The Rose & Crown, continue back into town centre along High Street West on the same side where Bakers Solicitors is now.

The Rose & Crown
The first pub in Glossop to be built by a brewery (Royds of Sheffield) about 1854. Also known as Holly's and Roxy's Music Bar for a time.

The Oakwood, continue back into town centre along High Street West on the same side, formerly The Surrey Arms and also known as the Big Surrey. Built in 1844 it was rebuilt in 1878 in the much grander Gothic Revival style. A Grade II listed building with fine architectural features.

The Oakwood
Friendly and chilled, you'll find pew-booths in the front room, sofas and board games a-plenty in the back, and the 'Redroom' upstairs playing host to comedy nights, gigs, poetry readings and general merriment.

The Britannia Inn, again back into town centre but on the other side of the road where the Courtyard kitchens shop is now.

The Britannia Inn
Built about 1832 and its license expiring in 1924.

The Newmarket, continue into the town centre until you get to Market Street, where Boots the Opticians is now.

The Newmarket
Formerly the Market Vaults and built as part of the Town Hall group of buildings about 1837 and closed in 1984.

The Market Tavern, turn left into Market Street, where Bradbury House stands now.

The Market Hotel
Built about 1837, sold to the Modern Dairy Company in 1931 and finally demolished in 1994.

The Volunteer Arms, Star Inn, The Stag's Head, Spinner's Arms & Shamrock Inn , and probably many others were all located in Chapel Street.

Chapel Street Pubs
At the time a vibrant Irish community who sought work in the cotton mills and as stone masons in the building boom of the mid 19th century. The majority of these beer houses succumbed to the 1904 Compensation Act.

The Bridge Inn, continue on Market Street until Chapel Street, to the impressive three storey BMAS & Co, is now.

The Bridge Inn
Formerly Club 2000 and Dollars - a nightclub with Superman in a phone booth, half a Cadillac and a seven foot bear or was it just my imagination?

The White Lion Inn, was another beer house on Chapel Street where the Labour Club stands now, it closed in 1935.

The White Lion Inn

The Smithy Fold, from Market Street cut across the cobbled market ground or the Municipal car park to Victoria Street and across the road to the recently converted Howard Town Mill. The mill isn't listed but Gate houses either side of the road are Grade II listed.

The Smithy Fold
A large Weatherspoon's pub retaining plenty of character from a sympathetic cotton mill conversion.

The Brook Tavern, go out of the town centre, across Victoria Bridge and up the hill a bit.

The Last Orders
Originally built in 1832 by Charles Calvert and known as The Albion and more recently known as The Trap, The Last Orders and now The Brook Tavern.

The Surrey Arms, head out of the town centre and up Victoria Street, past Bodycheck (formerly Littlemoor Congregation Church, a Grade II listed building) and round the corner.

The Surrey Arms
Built in 1846 by James Robinson and probably named after the Earl of Surrey. A Boddington's pub until 1995 when acquired by the Greenall brewery.

The Crown Inn, cross over Victoria Street to what CAMRA describe as one of the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

The Crown Inn
A Samuel Smith's traditional mid twentieth century public house interior of individual rooms, open fires and the odd dog. A must see.

Travelling back into the town centre and turning right, numbers 8 - 14 High Street East, are Grade II listed.

Howard Arms, continue on High Street East.

Howard Arms
One of the oldest pubs in Glossop, dating from 1799 when John Wagstaffe was the alehouse licensee, although somewhat larger than it was in those days with a modern interior.

Peartree Inn, travelling out of the town centre on the same side, next to Glossop Tyres.

Peartree Inn
Built in 1818 its licence expired in January 1926 and not renewed on the grounds of redundancy and structural unsuitability.

Continuing out of the town centre Howard Town House, is a Grade II listed building.

Manor Inn, continue on High Street East, where the chemist stands now.

Manor Inn
Built in 1839, a Boddington's pub and latterly a Greenall's house, closing about 2011, the side window being converted into an extra door and famous fanlight of the front door being removed.

Mechanic's Arms, continuing out of the town centre on the same side, where Regency Close is now.

Manor Inn
Built in 1831, Jordan Hampson was the licensee, it was bought by the Borough of Glossop in 1953 and used for residential use, the Public Health Inspector considered it to be in very poor condition in 1971 and it was demolished, probably with a number of other houses in this row.

Swan Inn, continuing out a little further and across the road to number 78, next to the computer shop.

Manor Inn
A beerhouse in 1837, Charles Band tried unsuccessfully several times to get an alehouse licence, in 1862 it was called the Swan with Two Necks and bought by Boddingtons brewery in 1888, it succumbed to the Compensation Act in December 1909.

Prince of Wales Inn, travelling back into the town centre taking a left down Milltown.

Manor Inn
Built in 1852 by a saddler named William Kelsall. It remained a beerhouse until 1960 when a Full Licence was granted. A Bass house and later a Marston's house.

That concludes this Ghost Pub Trail and Heritage Trail, we hope you enjoyed it, please comment below.

For more pubs in Glossopdale not included in the heritage trail see More Glossopdale Pubs.