Updated 22 Sep 2006

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 473


Posted 1920.
Taken 2000.
Enlargement. Who are these 12 people? William Taylor Simpson was landlord when this photo was taken.
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Taken c.1906. Sign reads:
"Barley Mow Inn, W.Simpson"
(landlord 1886-1938)

Taken c.1918
Lilian Ford against the wall.
Taken since 2000
Taken since 2000

The Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton

A house serving ale has stood on the site of the Barley Mow since 1620. It may originally have been a farm brewing ale. Later it became a coaching Inn and then a public house. The date of 1683 can be seen on the sundial. Today the Barley Mow (OS ref SK267501) is a very highly thought of, traditional English Pub.

Landlords of the Barley Mow:
1750 John Storer
1753-1759 Ann Storer
1759-1782 John Rowland
1782-1793 Ann Rowland
1794-1805 John Ford
1806-1821 Robert Thornley
1822-1854 Isaac Slater 1841 and 1851,
1854-1884 Samuel Dean 1861, 1871 and 1881,
1884-1886 Henry Gresley
1886-1938 William Simpson 1891 and 1901.

A few quotes from recent times will give an idea of what the Barley Mow would have felt like in those days:
"It is one of the few remaining old English pubs to have retained the traditional image of what a public house used to look like in times past. Tradition at the Barley Mow was so strong that when decimal coinage was introduced in 1971, the owner, Mrs FORD refused to accept the new currency. This caused regulars a great deal of amusement to watch the faces of visitors when asked for "five shillings and eleven pence". Customers had to pay in "old money" up to the time of Mrs FORD's death in 1977".

"Excellent old Jacobean Inn which retains it's original old English flagstone floors and ales straight from the cask. There are many rooms and all are a step back in time with well worn tables and seats".

"The small main bar has a tiled floor, wooden settles and a coal fire. There are two other simply furnished rooms, but no fruit machines or piped music to disturb the art of good conversation".

"The interior of the pub full of little poorly lit passageways seems virtually unchanged".

"Why use a post when you can use a big tree to hang your sign from!"

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