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The Grapes Hotel

The Grapes Hotel photo courtesy of Danny Cassidy

Grapes Hotel Doncaster Road Dalton pre 1940. The photo has been retouched by me on computer, the original has a tear and fold marks, plus several blemishes. the people at the front of the Grapes were barely visible and you could not see much of the detail.

The Grapes Hotel was known as the Grapes Inn and prior to that as the Grapes Tavern in the 1800's, like all Inns it was the meeting place for the locals as well as passing travellers, there are many stories and legends surrounding the Grapes and also the people who owned or worked at the premises.
Dalton: Grapes Tavern
Lease for possession dated 20th April 1830
Richard Hirst of Dalton Brook, victualler. and John Wragg of Dalton Magna, farmer and David Backhouse of Tadcaster Yorkshire innkeeper.
A messuage at Dalton Brook used as a public house known as the Grapes Tavern with maltkiln stables, etc. and closes nearby known as Spawfield, Prick Headge Close, Burley Busk, Gibacre Close, Taft Field and Green Common 17 acres 3 roods 6 poles, with a messuage adjoining the above messuage, the windmill nearby, 3 messuages at Dalton Parva and closes known as the Two Lane Side Closes 3 acres 2 roods 9 poles and Taft Field Allotment 1 acre 8 poles.
In 1881 the Grapes was listed on the census as

Samuel Simpson Head M Male 38 Worksop, Nottingham, England Inn Keeper Farmer Of 23 Acres Employing 1 Labourer
Catherine Simpson Wife M Female 40 Penrith, Cumberland, England
Annie Pierpont Servant U Female 19 Rotherham, York, England General Domestic Servant

 

The future Licensee of the Grapes in 1881 was listed as
William STEEPLES Head M Male 47 Alfreton, Derby, England Coal Miner
Ruth STEEPLES Wife M Female 42 Outwood, York, England Coal Miners Wife
Alfred STEEPLES Son Male 17 Outwood, York, England Pupil Teacher
Joe STEEPLES Son Male 16 Outwood, York, England Painter
George STEEPLES Son Male 11 Outwood, York, England Scholar
Arthur STEEPLES Son Male 4 Outwood, York, England Scholar
Henry STEEPLES Son Male 2 Outwood, York, England Scholar
Dwelling Wakefield Road
Census Place Stanley Cum Wrenthorpe, York, England
Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece Folio 4575 110 Page Number 36

 


 

 

 

 

 

The Grapes Hotel was known as the Grapes Inn and prior to that as the Grapes Tavern in the 1800's, like all Inns it was the meeting place for the locals as well as passing travellers, there are many stories and legends surrounding the Grapes and also the people who owned or worked at the premises.
Dalton: Grapes Tavern
Lease for possession dated 20th April 1830
Richard Hirst of Dalton Brook, victualler. and John Wragg of Dalton Magna, farmer and David Backhouse of Tadcaster Yorkshire innkeeper.
A messuage at Dalton Brook used as a public house known as the Grapes Tavern with maltkiln stables, etc. and closes nearby known as Spawfield, Prick Headge Close, Burley Busk, Gibacre Close, Taft Field and Green Common 17 acres 3 roods 6 poles, with a messuage adjoining the above messuage, the windmill nearby, 3 messuages at Dalton Parva and closes known as the Two Lane Side Closes 3 acres 2 roods 9 poles and Taft Field Allotment 1 acre 8 poles.


In 1881 the Grapes was listed on the census as

Samuel Simpson Head M Male 38 Worksop, Nottingham, England Inn Keeper Farmer Of 23 Acres Employing 1 Labourer
Catherine Simpson Wife M Female 40 Penrith, Cumberland, England
Annie Pierpont Servant U Female 19 Rotherham, York, England General Domestic Servant

 

The future Licensee of the Grapes in 1881 was listed as
William STEEPLES Head M Male 47 Alfreton, Derby, England Coal Miner
Ruth STEEPLES Wife M Female 42 Outwood, York, England Coal Miners Wife
Alfred STEEPLES Son Male 17 Outwood, York, England Pupil Teacher
Joe STEEPLES Son Male 16 Outwood, York, England Painter
George STEEPLES Son Male 11 Outwood, York, England Scholar
Arthur STEEPLES Son Male 4 Outwood, York, England Scholar
Henry STEEPLES Son Male 2 Outwood, York, England Scholar
Dwelling Wakefield Road
Census Place Stanley Cum Wrenthorpe, York, England
Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece Folio 4575 110 Page Number 36

Postcard of the Grapes with portrait of Joe Steeples Snr photo courtesy of Peter Lawery

In 1901 Joe Steeples  36 Yorks Outwood Yorks Dalton Publican
Alice Steeples  11D Yorks Dalton Yorks Dalton  
Catherine Steeples  23 Yorks Cutwood Yorks Dalton  
Kathleen Steeples  3 Yorks Hemsworth Yorks Dalton  
Ruth Steeples  2 Yorks Hemsworth Yorks Dalton

Dwelling The Grapes Inn
Census Place Dalton In Rotherham, York, England
Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4674 / 19 Page Number 13

1905

James Henry Steeples,  Joe Steeples and Catherine Arundel were the licensee’s of the Grapes Hotel, Dalton Brook during the years 1905 to1926. The Steeples family were well known in the Rotherham area. Their son Laurie became a legend of Snooker
I am informed that the Steeples built the Rotherham Empire. Apparently the money taken at the bar of the Grapes Hotel was thrown into a bathtub which was placed behind the bar. Two men were hired to remove the money several times throughout the day and take it to a strong room. Local legend has it that when one of the Steeples children was very ill the roadway was lined with bark to deaden the sound of passing vehicles.
 

Terry Steeples was the manager of the Rotherham Empire in the 1950's and 60's and was responsible for bringing some of the rock n roll singers of the day like Craig Douglas to Town.
 

 

 

Stewart Mason writes that Richard "Dick" Davis was the "chucker out" at the Grapes public house

 

One of the many legends surrounding the Grapes was sent in by Raye Kelly concerning the day his Grandad F. Kelly had a fight outside the Grapes Hotel with Ian ( iron ) Hague from Mexbro, it was just before Haigh was due to fight Sam Langford for the title. this was pre 1918 I don't quite know which title, anyway the tale goes that due to his poor performance outside the Grapes, all the betting went off him and sure enough he lost.

Peter Lawery writes

A plaque on the outside wall of The Montagu Arms at Mexborough, South Yorkshire

British Boxing Greats
Iron Hague James William
  Mexborough Resident
British Heavyweight Champion
1909-1911
TRAINED HERE

 

Peter Oxley writes

As usual, we'd finish playing when it was too dark to see the ball, but this time instead of going straight home we would go into The Grapes car park and wave cars into a parking position before opening the door for the occupants. If there was a posh-looking car, we'd scramble to get there first. Sometimes they'd give you threepence or even a tanner, after which we'd nip in Bellamy's chippy for some fish and chips. Mr Foster, who ran the Grapes in those days, had two fierce Alsatians, each of them the size of a small horse, which he used as guard dogs. Mr Foster didn't like us taking money from his valued customers, among whom were Rotherham United players, and even the chairman Louis Pursehouse, so he'd let his dogs loose on us and we'd run off in blind terror to climb the nearest tree or high wall to get out of their way.


Dawn Watford writes

 

My great grandfather worked at the Grapes Inn as a cellarman. This would be about 1945-1950, as my mum can remember visiting him there when she was a child. He must have been past retirement age as he died in 1951, aged 75years. I am not sure how long he worked there for. His name was Thomas Gill.

 

Roy Nixon writes

My Grandma used to like to go there sometimes where she drank Red Biddy

 

Raye Kelly writes

 

 Above the Grapes Hotel was a billiard hall with about 8 full sized tables , perfect when wagging it from school if you gave the old guy who looked after it a ciggy you were in for the day access was around the back up a VERY rickety fire escape type staircase,

 

Geoff Walker writes

"John, here’s a story relating to the “Steeples” family and The Grapes in particular.  Now up some wooden steps round the back of The Grapes you entered the Billiard Hall, and I along with a good few mates, Jack Pugh would probably be among them, honed our initial skills in there.
Well I remember the fellow who looked after the place, brushed and ironed The tables and took your money etc, he was called Albert Barker, a frail old thing he was.  Anyway a few years on he passed away, I remember we went to the funeral and I think it was Albert Merrills, wrote this Epitaph.


Here lies the body of Albert Barker,
All his life a Billiard marker,
Gone for a long rest…..

Typical of young Merrills that one ‘egh…."

 


J H Kelsall age 36 who was living at 16 Kelvin St Dalton worked at the Grapes prior to July 1924, at that time he signed on as a collier at Silverwood

The Grapes Hotel2

A photographic look at the demolition of the Grapes, click on link to the right

Sources

Rotherham Records

Census records 1881, 1901
Danny Cassidy
Raye Kelly
Peter Lawery

Stewart Mason

Peter Oxley

Geoff Walker
John Doxey
1881 and 1901 census records

 

 

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