The Crosspool Tavern, Crosspool, Sheffield

Although I have passed the Pub on many occasions over the years, I have only actually been in it two or three times. To be truthful it is not my kind of pub and the reports I have heard about it recently are hardly going to tempt me to alter my views.

However it was only when I was researching the article on the nineteenth century industrialist Horatio Bright that I realised that the Tavern had quite a long history - his house Lydgate Hall which sadly is now demolished was not far from the pub. And rather surprisingly there is very little information available about the history of the pub available either on-line or in print.   

 

 

On the left of the postcard is the Grocers shop of Henry Bradbury whilst on the right is the Crosspool Tavern. The road is of course Manchester Road 

The 1881 Census gives the following information

Household:
Source Information: Dwelling Crosspool "Grocers Shop" Census Place Ecclesall Bierlow, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342119 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4634 / 93 Page Number 21

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Henry BRADBURY Head M Male 35 Hope, Derby, England Butcher & Grocer
Alethea BRADBURY Wife M Female 29 Sheffield, York, England
Agnes A. WILKINSON Adopted Female 8 Sheffield, York, England Scholar
Mary BRADBURY Niece U Female 26 Hope, Derby, England Domestic Servant (Genl)


 

"The first Crosspool Tavern had originally been Mr. Joseph Sarson's cottage and workshop. He died shortly after its conversion to a tavern in 1824. The property remained in the family for over a hundred years, and Joseph's widow ran the premises until the mid 1870s. It became a meeting place for the district and had its own skittle alley. The tavern was totally rebuilt in 1930 and the last member of the Sarson family to run it retired in 1935, having held the license for 40 years"

I think that this information may be incorrect - the 1841 Census clearly states that Joseph is still alive. When I checked the free BMD entries for the period after 1841 I found two entries registering a death for a Joseph Sarson -

Deaths Mar 1843 - SARSON Joseph Ecclesall Bierlow 22 78
Deaths Dec 1846 - SARSON Joseph Sheffield 22 498

Joseph did not die soon after the conversion as stated, but sometime in the period 1841 - 1851. He also did not change it into a tavern as suggested but a beerhouse. This is confirmed by entries in subsequent trade directories and censuses, White's Trade Directory from 1833 gives the following entry.

"Joseph Sarson Beerhouse and Scale presser Crosspool"      

1841 Census - (Piece #1333/3, folio 6b, enumeration district 1.)

Sarson, Ann of Cross Pool, Ecclesall Bierlow. Aged 17 years.

Sarson, Ezra of Cross Pool, Ecclesall Bierlow. Aged 25 years.

Sarson, Josephe of Cross Pool, Ecclesall Bierlow. Aged 65 years.

Sarson, Sarah of Cross Pool, Ecclesall Bierlow. Aged 55 years.

Sarson, Sarah of Cross Pool, Ecclesall Bierlow. Aged 20 years.

Sarson, Thomas of Cross Pool, Ecclesall Bierlow. Aged 25 years.

He does not appear on the 1851 Census - SARAH SARSON is now the head of the household

Name age relation cty place piece folio parish view folio
Sarah SARSON 66 head YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow
William SARSON 46 son YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow
Thomas SARSON 38 son YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow
Ezra SARSON 33 son YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow
Sarah SARSON 32 daughter in law YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow
Ann SARSON 26 daughter YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow
Mary Ann SARSON 5 granddaughter YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow
Emily SARSON 1 granddaughter YKS Sheffield 2337 619 Ecclesall Bierlow

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page
Marriages December  1853 quarter - Chappell William m Sarson Ann Sheffield Volume 9c Page 329
Births June 1859 quarter - Chappell Lucy Alice Ecclesall Bierlow Volume 9c Page 211

A 1857 Trade Directory gives the following information

"Sarson Sarah, beerhouse, Cross pool"
 

The 1861 Census still has SARAH as head of the household

Name age relation cty place piece folio parish view folio
Sarah SARSON 76 head YKS Ecclesall Bierlow 3468 15 Ecclesall Bierlow
William SARSON 56 son YKS Ecclesall Bierlow 3468 15 Ecclesall Bierlow
Thomas SARSON 48 son YKS Ecclesall Bierlow 3468 15 Ecclesall Bierlow
Sarah SARSON 44 head YKS Cricket? 3468 15 Ecclesall Bierlow
Mary A SARSON 15 granddaughter YKS Ecclesall Bierlow 3468 15 Ecclesall Bierlow
Emily SARSON 10 daughter YKS Ecclesall 3468 15 Ecclesall Bierlow
Ezra SARSON 9 son YKS Ecclesall 3468 15 Ecclesall Bierlow

SARAH SARSON was 89 years of age when she died in 1873 - she had outlived her husband Joseph by some thirty years - Death registered in the December quarter of 1873 Sarson, Sarah 89, Ecclesall Bierlow Volume 9C Page 226

I am unsure of the period shortly after SARAH's death but I found that in the June quarter of 1880, her grand-daughter LUCY ALICE CHAPPELL married a SAMUEL LOVELL - Sheffield Volume 9C Page 452. The following years census confirms this although it looks as though both SAMUEL and LUCY had children from previous relationships

1881 Census - Household:
Source Information: Dwelling Crosspool "Beerhouse" Census Place Ecclesall Bierlow, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342119 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4634 / 93 Page Number 21

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Samuel LOVELL Head M Male 29 Sheffield, York, England Beer Retailer
Lucy A. LOVELL Wife M Female 22 Sheffield, York, England
Samuel LOVELL Son Male 7 Sheffield, York, England Scholar
Annie CHAPPELL Step Daughter Female 3 Sheffield, York, England
Joseph LOVELL Son Male 4 m Sheffield, York, England
Lucy FISHER Serv U Female 16 Norton, Derby, England Domestic Servant (Genl)

As you can see in the above photographs the building was right up to the road. In fact in the 1930's  there were actually two Crosspool Taverns for a while, as the current building was opened immediately behind the original. The old building was demolished soon afterwards.

1948 Albert Carter - Crosspool Tavern Crosspool
1951 Malcolm Stoakes

Crosspool Tavern Pub News - 01/9/2006
"The Crosspool Tavern pub and restaurant on Manchester Road was fined 5,000 in August after Sheffield City Council health protection officers took legal action over its dirty kitchens. The pub's owner, Mitchells and Butler Retail Ltd, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates' Court to the charges. The pub's manager and kitchen staff have been now all been replaced"

Notes

Clough Fields Hunt - Tavern HQ

Plough Bullock Monday

February 1966

SARSON, Ezra (Metal Smith, age 46).
     Died at 5 Brick St; Buried on July 5, 1897 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 7107, Section V2 of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.
SARSON, Sarah (Widow of Ezra, age 84).
     Died at Ecclesall U Workhouse; Buried on April 6, 1903 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 7107, Section V2 of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.
SARSON, William Henry (Child, age 6 mo).
     Died at 19 Toyne St; Buried on October 7, 1905 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 7107, Section V2 of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield
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The Crosspool Tavern - December 2008

Sources

Remember Sheffield in the 50s, 60s and 70s" by David Richardson

Sheffield Public Houses by Michael Liversage

A Pub On Every Corner - Douglas Lamb

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