Update on Bell Hagg Inn tower conversion

The Bell Hagg Inn is being converted to a house

The Bell Hagg Inn is being converted to a house

The former Bell Hagg Inn, which has overlooked the Rivelin Valley from the Manchester Road approach in to Crosspool for well over 100 years, is being converted into a seven-bedroom family home.

For a period the public house was also known as The John Thomas before it finally closed in 2005.

It’s commonly believed that the original building was erected in 1832 as a five-storey house for Dr Hodgeson, who had built it as a folly to antagonise the Vicar of Stannington after he turned down a generous donation because he had made much of his fortune from gambling.

Before becoming a pub at the beginning of the last century, the building was used as a tea room by workers from the quarry across the road (now occupied by the Valleyside Garden Centre) and travellers stopping off between Sheffield and Manchester, and on occasion to secure prisoners destined for the assizes.

The present owner, who bought this vandalised property from the receivers, has started to extensively renovate the main five-storey stone built tower that hides the sheer drop at the back.

The building has stunning views across Rivelin Valley

The building has stunning views across Rivelin Valley

Some of the tower’s small rooms that can be seen from the road are being knocked together and a covered link is being proposed to the already converted four-storey barn at the back. This link is to facilitate the future maintenance of the pub tower and will have a large glazed area and a sedum roof designed to blend into the surrounding green belt landscape.

In securing planning permission for the changes to this historic building, the new owner has had to get a bat licence to ensure bats are not disturbed. This will limit the times at which work can be carried out.

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6 Responses to Update on Bell Hagg Inn tower conversion

  1. tkmorin says:

    All I could think is, “Isn’t it dangerous when exiting from the front door?” Cool article. Thanks! 🙂

  2. geoff cox says:


    When the pub closed in 2005? it was called the Bell Hagg Inn

    When it was purchased by John I can’t remember his second name he bought it in partnership with a guy called Thomas hence the name the “John Thomas” I believe they went separate ways and the pub reverted back to its original name of Bell Hagg Inn.

    Sandra Cox

    Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 18:56:00 +0000 To: geoffccox@hotmail.com

  3. Robin says:

    Thanks Sandra. We’ve updated the text above.

  4. Chris says:

    John Chidlow ?

  5. ss says:

    John Chidlaw was his name

  6. reg sanderson says:

    i think you will find that the building was erected by an early quarry owner when the quarry face was near the road. the building design is consistent with other nearby quarry owners houses (rivelin hotel, hallamshire hotel). my grandfather was employed at the bell hagg quarry as a stone mason and his older relatives (twins named sanderson) owned the quarries at lydgate lane and cross lane and lived at the hallamshire hotel when it was a private dwelling.
    the bell hagg was named the john thomas by john chidlaw in memory his father.

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