A Harrowing Experience.


It was a bit chillier than expected on the ride down to Bakewell, but the short climb up to Hassop Station soon sorted that. The station was built in the early 1860s, opening in 1862, by the Midland Railway. The Chatsworth Estate built an inn close by – the Hassop Station Inn.


Hassop Station Inn - now Station Farm.

In all likelihood the first landlord was Abraham Wheeldon who is shown there in the 1871 census. He died in 1876, with the business being taken on by his widow, Ann, and on her death in 1896 by their son Jonathan. It probably ceased to be an inn sometime between 1901 and 1911 as in the 1911 census it's known as Station Farm and Jonathan is running the Rose & Crown Hotel in Sevenoaks, Kent. (This also happens to be a bygone boozer as it closed in 1936 and was subsequently demolished.)



The Old Harrow Inn (left) and the White Lion.

On to Great Longstone and the lost Old Harrow Inn. Now known as Harrow House it stands next to the still-trading White Lion. It was operated from at least as early as 1841 to the mid 1850s by John Bottom when he was replaced by Joseph and Mary Oliver. The Olivers had to carry their possessions all the way from next door as they'd been Bottom's neighbours in the White Lion for at least 15 years. Between them, the Olivers ran the Old Harrow until Mary's death in 1896 whereupon her role as innkeeper in the village for over half a century came to an end. The Old Harrow finally closed in 1914 when seating from the inn was purchased by Great Longstone Village Hall for 12/6 (65.5p).



Monsal Head Hotel.

Onwards and upwards to Monsal Head where the Monsal Head Hotel (originally called the Bull's Head) was open, but closed. Also closed were the public loos, so it was onwards once more trying to avoid the worst of the bumps.



The Spread Eagle, formerly the Bird in Hand.

The first building on the left as you enter Foolow along the road from Hucklow was the Bird in Hand when run in the 1840s by John Drabble and then his son, Thomas. In 1871 it was still going by the same name when Ann Middleton was the publican but by the time of the next census it had changed its name to the Spread Eagle. As for when it closed, I'm not sure. It was still trading in 1911 but had shut up shop and changed to a private residence, by the 1950s.



The Three Horseshoes. Original, new or what?

Foolow is shown as having an establishment called the Three Horseshoes, run by a Thomas Froggatt, in Pigot's Directory of 1842. I haven't been able to find any other reference to it. There is a house with that name in the village but it looks to me as if it could've simply been built on the site. If not, it's had a lot of work done on it.



Sustenance.

All this pedalling means it must be time for a bite to eat. In any case the bladder is no less full, so it's into Eyam and Eyam Tea Rooms for micturition and munching – a cheesy sausage Derbyshire oatcake. Eyam has numerous bygone boozers – enough for a couple of future posts, at least. Suitably emptied and refilled it's downhill all the way home, apart from getting out of Eyam, the ascent from Baslow, the climb out of Chatsworth and getting back into Elton.

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