More for fans of closed railway stations, as Wiki tells me;

Despite the opening of Meadowhall Interchange in 1990, Brightside station remained open until 1995. A limited service had continued in its last three years and the station closed without fanfare with a poster announcing that all remaining trains could be caught at Meadowhall.

Not quite without fanfare; note the can of Tyskie (NPLSS 3) left on the railings in 1995.

Both platforms remain today albeit stripped of their features and in a bad state of repair; the footbridge remains open a public right of way from Dearne Street to Station Lane, however access to the platforms has been blocked off since the station’s closure.

Stafford Paul mentioned the Crown and Railway pubs he’d seen from the train, presumably as he travelled from the Sheffield Tap to Meadowhall to shop for Bass mirrors.

He could have stayed in the Crown, a cheap and reliable option for visitors to the Sheffield Arena or the dead boozers in Burngreave, though reviewer Gary has a couple of complaints;

I can’t comment on the absence of “Burnley” and “birds”, but I can let you see what the Crown has to offer inside, should pubs ever reopen.

Yes, INSIDE, as they’ve kindly allowed Google Maps inside their home, just like on Homes Under the Hammer.

Do you remember pubs with open doors ?

and bench seating ?

and Websters Pennine Bitter ?

and a wall-mounted jukebox ?

Yes, a Proper Pub, only missing that real ale you lot bang on about.

A pint of Guinness here, or a can of grapefruit murk at home ?

Hard choice, isn’t it ?


  1. Thanks for the photos.
    I see the Crown still has the original ‘Black Label’ version of ‘Carling Lager’, a great rarity now outside South Africa.

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  2. Websters Pennine Bitter .ah I remember that…my introduction to real English beer – I found it hugely enjoyable and so much less gassy than Scottish keg beer at the time

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      1. Wiki says that YB was mainly cask, but doesn’t specify PB.

        The 1990 Good Beer Guide described YB as “weak flavour[ed], reminiscent of a poor quality home brew – worty, bland, cloying, with a dirty finish on the tongue”. In 1993, Yorkshire Bitter was reduced from 3.8 per cent to 3.5 per cent ABV in order to save money on duty.

        That’s as I remember it too.

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  3. My recollection is that the original name, when I lived in Leeds in the late 70s, was Pennine Bitter. It became Yorkshire Bitter when rolled out in Watney’s pubs in London (and no doubt elsewhere) around 82 (?). I think there was a Yorkshire ‘thing’ at the time but don’t believe there was any recipe change. There were rumours in London CAMRA that the beer was actually being brewed at Mortlake and Watney’s funded the visit of a delegation to Yorkshire to tour the brewery. The rumours were unfounded but may have started because the tankers that brought Webster’s to Mortlake for packaging took a back-load of Budweiser on their return. An interesting point is that Webster’s was quite resilient to being shaken about in travel, more so than many other beers being brought to London at the time.

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