Sir William Hotel, Grindleford

Recent Photograph of Sir William Hotel (Grindleford)

Which Sir William is this Inn named for? One early contender would appear to be the hill itself where it is sited, which is mentioned in Eyam parish records:

“Elizabeth, wife of John Trout. She dyed upon the Moor near unto Sr William (a place so called) coming from Tideswell Market in a snow”, dated 4th February 1691/2.

Other contenders are Sir William Cavendish, and Sir William Bagshaw of the Wormhill family. Opinion seems to be the latter when it was re-named from ‘The Commercial’, early in the 20th century.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

Image contributed by Rosemary Lockie on 22nd August 2001.
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