Chesterfield and Sheffield
Lat.53.16N Long.1.29W Elevation
137m (450 ft.)
Hunting, fishing and leisure
The 1852 edition of White's Gazetteer of Sheffield & district lists only one
pub in Barlow - The Peacock, run by William Mart. By the time the 1868 edition came
out, things were beginning to improve. The Peacock had been joined by the
New Inn, with John Simpson named as the landlord. Also listed were
two beer houses at unspecified locations. George Needham and John Holmes are
named as the beer house proprietors.
This situation remained unchanged for the next 70 years. Kelly's Directory for
1936 lists the Peacock (with Sam Burton in charge) and the New Inn which was
being run by Thomas Creswick. The two beer retailers were owned by George Jolley
and John William Seston.
All this changed when Kelly's brought out their 1941 edition. Sam Burton was
still running the Peacock but the New Inn had been taken over by Edward
Shawcroft. 1941 saw the Hare & Hounds make its first appearance in a
directory. John William Seston, previously listed as a beer retailer, was named as
landlord. However, there is photographic proof that the Hare &
Hounds was trading under that name at least as early as the
In the 1911 Census of England and Wales, Charles White is listed as the
inn keeper at the Traveller's Rest although the pub does not appear in any local
directory until 1941. George Jolley's beer house was not
listed in 1941.
The Peacock (Pump) and the New Inn (Trout) have undergone various name changes and refurbishments
over the past few years and are committed to serving food. The Hare and
Hounds (pictured right) has seen fit to retain its original name and, remaining
virtually unchanged, is regarded as a proper local drinkers' pub. The
Traveller's Rest has recently been converted to a family house.
Riding is very popular in the area and, with agriculture
proving economically difficult, many farms have converted land and
outbuildings to livery.
The Barlow Hunt Pony Club provides a lively outlet for local youngsters.
Less popular, particularly amongst riders and dog walkers, has been the
increased level of shooting during the past few years. This has led to the
closure of many paths and bridleways that have been used by the villagers for
The Barlow Hunt
Despite the Hunting Act of 2004, the Barlow Hunt seems to
have coped with the ban and still meets on a regular basis, just as it has done
for around the last 200 years. The Barlow Hunt has been supported by
members of the Sheffield snuff makers, the Wilson family, since the end of the
19th. century. A previous master, Elsie Wilson,
left a legacy which bequeathed the kennels and around 325 hectares of land
surrounding them. One of the famous guests attracted to the hunt was the comedy
actor, Jimmy Edwards, seen mounted on the left centre of the picture, although
he is hardly recognisable in this small picture. The picture on the right shows
Mr. Edwards in his more familiar attire in a scene from the comedy programme
"Whack-o". Jimmy died in 1988. It is not known when this
picture was taken but, according to the licence plate above the door of the
Peacock, the landlord was Henry William Herbert Coles. For those with long
memories this should help to place the date of the event.
Barlow Coarse and Fly Fishing
By far, the largest provider of leisure facilities in
Barlow is Barlow Trout and Coarse Fishery. Their four trout lakes, four coarse
lakes and fresh water brook cover an area of around 50 acres in the wooded
valley at the bottom of Keeper’s Lane.The
Barlow lakes are popular with anglers throughout the land as the fishery is always well stocked and
immaculately maintained.Most of
the coarse fish and all the trout are actually bred on site.
Refreshments and accommodation
Hackney House Antiques, at the bottom of Wilkin Hill, serve tea and refreshments from their tea-rooms and there is also a snack bar
alongside Barlow Lakes at the bottom of Keeper’s Lane.
As a tourist spot, Barlow is ideally placed on the edge of the Peak District
with easy access to its many attractions such as Chatsworth House and Haddon
Many of the farms and larger houses take advantage of the
strong demand for bed and breakfast.Mill
Farm Holiday Cottages at Crowhole is a major provider of self catering
accommodation in the area. Their converted outbuildings surrounding the farm
yard are equipped to the highest standards.