The Hillsborough Hotel to give its current name, is somewhat of a singular establishment. It has two titles on its front elevation, and is the only public house still trading within the immediate vicinity of the site of Sheffield's demolished and largely forgotten original military barracks. The Sheffield, Kelvin, Neepsend, Philadelphia or Horse Barracks. These were erected in 1794 in response to the growing social unrest arising out of the pressures of industrialization and the growth of radicalism following the French Revolution. This was a response of the government of Pitt the Younger.
The Barrack site was bounded by Penistone Road, Wood Lane, Langsett Road and Barrack Lane and replaced by Hillsborough Barracks circa 1850. The last remnant of the original Barracks going as recently as 1992. The 'Hero' is Arthur Wellesley [1769-1852] later Duke of Wellington and his 'Horse' Copenhagen he rode at Waterloo in 1815. The Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo was commemorated with flowers and a print of Goya's portrait of Wellesley placed over the Hotel’s fireplace in 2015 The 'Hero' and his Horse would have been established soon after 1815 and along with the many other pubs with military linked names in the Hillsborough area and beyond would have had a brisk trade from both barracks up to the Army leaving Hillsborough Barracks in 1930.
There have been three different built versions of the pub known from photographs though, when it was renamed the “Wellington Inn” were not sure. When were researching licensing records which start in 1870, there were 10 different pubs named after the Duke in Sheffield. The renaming of the pub as the 'Hillsborough Hotel' took place after the former Burton wood Brewery pub was refurbished and opened in Spring 1999 by Del & Diane Tilling. The Hotel now had 6 letting en-suite rooms, a conservatory and a micro brewery that brewed such beers as Stannington Stout, Samuel Berry’s and my particular favorite Loxley Gold in recognition of Robin Hood's link with Sheffield.
Since then it has gone through changes. After Del & Diane there was the Edale brewing consortium lead by Richard & Carol which took charge for a short period of time. Andrew & Helen Walker took it over 2004/5 with Tom joining the team as Manager. The Walkers continued to own the property but after a period of time leased it to several different companies during the next 10 years or so until November 2015 when it saw the return of Tom & Brigitte Delaney who are now in the process of purchasing the Hotel from the Walker Family.
The Hillsborough Hotel is once again renowned for the warm welcome you get from the hosts & their staff: friendliness, excellent food (Sunday lunch/handmade pie, peas & hand cut chips and thick gravy - oh yes!). The most important thing is the excellent selection & quality of the fine Real Ales on offer, this lad keeps a good 'un!
Its great to see that live music has returned to the venue especially the Sunday Folk sessions organized by Jim Mac Donald and Richard Arrowsmith. Alternatively keep an eye out on the what’s on board for some great live bands on Saturday nights and in case that’s all a bit over load for you there’s always the Music Quiz on the 1st Thursday of every month.
The Hillsborough Hotel, though not in Hillsborough is a link with Sheffield's military history and reflects the very best of the modern city. I am proud to be regarded as a regular (part of the fixture & fittings they say) and write this brief introduction of how this establishment has become once again part of the local community & a firm favorite on the Real Ale circuit here in Sheffield.
Ron Clayton Local Author, Historian and Grumpy Old Man- check out my website www.sheffieldhistorytours.com
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