Public Houses - The Rose & Crown

The Old Rose and Crown
Sign - not clickableThe Rose and Crown was a very old pub in Penistone. The old, original Rose and Crown had a yard with stables. Its location was adjacent to the later inn of the same name and would have completely blocked the current junction of Market Street with Shrewsbury Road. It had a long run as a coaching inn, as a stopping-off place for the weekly Halifax to London coach. The R&C sign had a rose, half red, half white, surmounted by a crown, which became the badge of the Tudors and dates from the end of the War of the Roses (1485), when the victorious Duke of Lancaster (Red Rose) married Elizabeth of York (White Rose).

Robert Walker kept the inn in 1762, when a notice of auction went in the London Gazette of that year. From his gravestone in the churchyard of Penistone Church, we discover that former landlord Mr John Shewabell died 5th April 1786, aged 67. In a London Gazette notice of a meeting of creditors held there in 1812, we glean that William Dagley kept the house after George and Thomas Roebuck of Hunshelf had been declared bankrupt. William Dagley's gravestone in Penistone churchyard, shows that he died 1st March 1821, aged 68. Edmund Smith was listed as victualler in a 1822 Directory.

A plaque in Penistone Church refers to Mr George Brown 'late of the Rose and Crown Inn in this town, who departed this life 19th July 1835, aged 61 years'. Also Mrs Sarah Brown died 8th April 1836, aged 62. According to the 1904 Penistone Almanack, the old Inn was 'famous throughout the kingdom' and especially when Mr George Brown, commonly called 'Rumbo', afforded 'capital accommodation to man and beast'. According to 'Times Remembered' (1990), a publication by Penistone LHG, three Rose and Crowns had been built in total, on or near the same site.

Incidentally, Penistone's streets were not named and numbered until 1881. On a plan dated 1749, High Street had been marked as 'Town Street' but it was generally called 'The Street' or 'Penistone Street'.

The 'New' R & C
A new Rose and Crown was built in 1869 by Gilbert, Earl of Shrewsbury, to replace the adjacent previous one, at a cost of £1,600, excluding fittings and furniture. By that time, railways had arrived and coaching was in decline. The new Inn was described as a beautiful building. Rooms were lit by gas lamps in chandeliers and there had been at least one explosion from gas, which blew a window out into the street. The following year, its 'Commercial Room' was badly damaged by a gas explosion. A servant girl carrying a lit candle went into the commercial room in the morning, trying to find a dog, when the explosion took out a large window which landed in the street. The girl's hair was burnt off and a door and some furniture were badly damaged. The innkeeper Joseph Byrom had accidentally left a gas tap on the night before and closed the door.

The position of the new Rose and Crown left room for a new road to be built around 1913. Shrewsbury Road was built as part of the deal when plans were made for the Carnegie Library. Over the years, the outward appearance of the inn would have stayed the same, except for what would have been dark stonework from soot and pollution. In living memory, most stone buildings were quite dark and dingy and this includes Penistone Church. The trend for most public houses from perhaps the 1970s was to become more 'open plan', with the removal of doors and interior walls and the Rose and Crown followed this trend, while keeping a small 'snug' room at the front of the building.

In recent times, it changed hands several times. Marianne ('Maz') was landlady for a successful run and it was a very popular venue, with a weekend disco. Then it was taken over by Simon from Sheffield, who was a qualified chef. He provided some very good and popular meals but there was a rapid change of hands in December 2009. It settled down under new management early in 2010. Unfortunately, under the new management, it started opening later than before and its food trade dropped off. The doors might still be locked at 1pm on a Sunday when the other pubs had already been open for a while. Except for 'Bed and Beak fast' guests, food eventually ended at a time when both the Spread Eagle and the Old Crown were doing food.

See the Old Inns and Public Houses history page for the other current and demised hostelries of Penistone and district.

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The End of an Era
This little piece of history is now lost to us as a public house. The pub sadly closed down, its fittings removed and new walls put in. In April 2011, planning permission was submitted for a change of use from a public house into an office block. By June, the builders were in there doing their work. Dransfields solicitors moved in soon after, from their very old home next to HBSC and Robinson's News by the church. Here is a sad view looking through the Market Street window in June 2011.

2008 Pictures
In May 2008 the Rose and Crown had a major refurbishment. It was a good effort too and made it into a very comfortable place to relax and chat. It had been a popular choice for watching football on TV and could easily be packed out for big matches. It was often very lively in the evenings but trade was to gradually drop off.

The Shrewsbury road door was made smaller and a patio door fitted in the lounge area, for easy access to the beer garden (and smokers' corner). It looks much less cluttered now. Carpets were replaced throughout and the part of the floor near Market Street door was tiled. Walls were re-painted, a new TV appeared on the wall by the pool table, new picture frames went up and new tables and chairs arrived to complete the picture. It had an extended beer garden to catch the sun, a smoker's corner and a good car park.

From the Market street entrance, the first picture (top left, below) shows the snug, a small quiet side room suitable for rendezvous of various kinds, or a kind of snogging corner. From near the Market Street door, there was dance area and fancy jukebox looking like Blackpool Illuminations. There was also pool table and TV nearby. The view of one of the three sides of the bar area ("Does my bum look big in this?") is again from near the Market Street door.

The spacious lounge area (as I call it anyway) was close to the car park/beer garden door. The door in the darker corner of the right picture went to the 'Gents' and, in the below-left picture, the door went to a kitchen. The last two are of the beer garden and the smokers' gazebo.

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