The Old Queens Head
40 Pond Hill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Nowadays this fine old timbered inn stands apart from local houses. It was at one time a hunting lodge for the Earl of Shrewsbury. It was then , locals knew, as ‘The hawle at the Poandes’. It is A Second-grade listed building; Its name was for Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned at Sheffield between 1570 and 1584. Opened as a tavern in the 1600s, it is Sheffield’s oldest pub. Several ghosts are in residence, including a Parliamentarian soldier, who was part of John Bright’s men sent to capture Sheffield Castle. A local man, who had been a regular here in the 1970s, appears as a ghost on frequent occasions. Staff and cleaners have seen him manifest, sitting in the bar, holding a half pint of bitter. As they enter, he looks up and then dissolves. Several women customers have been startled when someone attempts to unlock the door of the lavatory when they are occupying it. Although this is carried out in a noisy and rattling fashion, whatever was responsible has disappeared when they open the door. There is also the story of a full pint of beer that mysteriously appeared at the end of the evening. This was on a table where no one had been seated. One proprietor, who tasted it, said it was not a beer he sold or by any other pub nearby.