Rising Sun Inn, Darfield

A former pub near Barnsley to be knocked down:


Rising Sun Darfield

The name of this former South Yorkshire pub was difficult to ascertain. No mention of it on historic maps of the area, I eventually came across a match on closedpubs.co.uk. Darfield History Society also have some interesting pictures and information on their Facebook page.

Perhaps the most dilapidated building I’ve written about, but still worth a mention before it returns to the ether, The Rising Sun was a fine example of staggered terraced building, navigating a steep hill and punctuating a junction. Much of Darfield was cleared in this area in the not-so-golden era of town planning, but this pub remained well patronised even until 1988, as evidenced by this interesting video.

How I wish this little row had weathered the course of time. The optimist in me says a good portion of the building is repairable, but I know only a visionary would be willing to plough money into such a project. I’m sure they are out there. If only they would read my blog.


11 responses to “Rising Sun Inn, Darfield”

  1. Helen Steadman says :

    Just doing family research and came across your old bog (23 Feb 2020). The Rising Sun Inn at Darfield was our family home for over 80 years. I was very sad to see the state of the building. Do you know if it has been demolished yet?
    I would love to buy the keystone with J H upon it as a momento of our family. If anyone is interested I have lots of information on the Hill family.

    • peterrobertnixon says :

      Hi Helen, thanks for having a read. I’m not sure if the building has been lost, however, the developer received permission almost a year ago, so it is likely they have carried out the works by now.

      The architect can be found here: https://www.architecturallocations.co.uk/architectural-service/385978/peter-thompson-architectural-design-consultant-ltd

      Maybe you could get in touch and find out what happened to the keystone.
      Let me know how you get on

    • Julie ONeill says :

      Hi Helen, I’m researching the Hill family as I have a family connection – would love to hear from you!

    • Debra Maxfield says :

      Hello Helen Just saw this post. Hoping you will get this message. I am a descendant of Joseph Hill from Australia My grandfather was Walter Edward Hill whose mother was Sarah Hill the daughter of Joseph Hill. My family would like to make contact with you to talk about the family history. My brother is coming to the UK in a few weeks and would like to know if he could meet you, if you are willing to provide your contact details. My email is kitkat6126@hotmail.com if you are willing to make contact.

      • Julie O'Neill says :

        Hi Debra
        I also commented on the post above – my great grandfather was the grandson of Joseph Hill (son of his daughter Elizabeth), and was brought up at the pub in question. I’ve done quite a bit of research on the family tree, too. Would you mind if I emailed you?
        Many thanks, Julie

  2. Debra Maxfield says :

    Hello Julie. Would love to hear from you. I’m sorry I have only just seen your reply. My brother is already back from the UK and tried to get to the location where the pub stood but wasn’t able to make it. Have you been able to hear from Helen Steadman? Would love to know what information she has on the Hill family too.

  3. Philip Steadman says :

    Hello everyone! My dad finally opened ‘The Demolition Man’ page and we saw all your messages. He’s got loads of information about the Hill family as we’re direct descendants of Joseph Hill. We’d love to share it with you and hear what you know too. We’ll email you in the next few weeks so we can exchange info. Helen.

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