The Huntsman

(Originally The New Inn)

The Huntsman opened in Cheadle as a beer-house known as ‘The New Inn’ and featured as such in a trade directory from 1834.  Sometime after 1893 it was granted a license to become a public house, it became The Hunstman in the mid-1950s.

In 1885 while The New Inn was still a beer-house its owner William Shelley applied for a license to become a public house,  the application was denied following an objection by the landlord of the Roebuck Inn.

On 2nd September 1908 passengers on a train to Cheadle were delayed for a time when three cows belonging to George Paddey the landlord of the New Inn strayed onto the track and were hit by the train, it took around half an hour to clear the track.

In early 1959 the pub (then owned by Ind Coopes Brewery) was awarded a full license due to a petition by regular customers of the pub wishing to drink spirits there. The license was transferred to the Huntsman from the ‘Navigation Inn’ (Froghall) which had closed the previous year.

In December 1966 the Brookhouses Homing Society held their annual dinner here.

A licence to install a fruit machine was applied for in October 1968.

The pub is still a popular venue in the town and one of the few in the area that serve beer brewed locally, the pub was the sponsor of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Cheadle Beer Festivals.

The Potteries branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) voted The Huntsman pub of the month in the Summer 2010 issue of their newsletter ‘Potters Bar’.

The pub has it’s own website:

Through much of September 2011 the pub was forced to shut due to a licensing mistake made by the owners, a series of event licences mean’t it was able to open for some weekends. The pub nearly stayed shut longer following a complaint made by a local resident, this complaint was withdrawn after a short time and the pub was able to re-open.

During the closure a group of Paranormal Investigators ran some tests, they returned in early October and their follow up investigation was streamed over the internet live.

Past Proprietors:

John Dawson (1841 Census)
Thomas Dawson (1851 Census)
Mary Dawson (1871 Census)
Lewis Dale (1883 Cheadle Herald)
William Shelley (1885 Cheadle Herald)
George Paddey (1901 Census, 1890 Cheadle Herald, 1911 Census)
Frederick Plant (Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1924 and 1940)
Don Johnson [1953-1956] (Cheadle: The Second Selection)
Joseph Johnson (Cheadle Post and Times 1959)



3 Responses to The Huntsman

  1. Catherine Roberts says:

    I’ve managed to find a link to my family to the Dawson’s who ran the pub in the 1800’s.
    This website is very useful! Thanks – hope it gets updated and used regularly.

  2. Carol Bell says:

    My uncle Donald (Johnson) continued when I believe Ind Coope took it over as I remember visiting in the 1960’s and maybe early 70s x

  3. Carl Johnson says:

    Had many happy hours in the Huntsman when Nellie Johnson and Josie ran it.
    Always remembered the sign on the wall WYBMADIITY !
    How many know what it means?

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