Tales of the Urban Explorer: Ye-Old Harrow
It wasn't my first visit to 'Ye-Old Harrow'.
In a similar vein to the 'Durham Ox, it had been two years since @dizzydiscovery and myself had been thwarted by locked doors, solid fences, high walls and a vandalised car situated on the side street running adjacent.
Someone had been using the car roof as a trampoline looking at the many dents we witnessed, but neither of us could bring ourselves to climb on the roof in full visibility of passing Karen's and use it as leverage to gain access to the back yard.
'Ye-Old Harrow' is an old establishment and hails from 1822. The pub closed its doors in 2008 and has been decaying ever since. It is renowned as 'the most haunted pub in Sheffield', with alleged reports of a 'sinister dark figure' and items disappearing only to resurface months later.
...'Ye-Old Harrow sometime in the mid to late 1980's at a guess'...
I was hoping to meet this 'dark figure', maybe share a pint of derelict beer and ask him what he's been up to over the last two centuries. It would have added some spice to my story, but like most other 'haunted places', fuck all happened and I felt absolutely no undue coldness or ghostly apparitions.
'Ye-Old Harrow' was hit by the local arsonists in 2019, who went to on torch the nearby 'Durham Ox' in the same 24-hour window. It's called killing two birds with one stone.
Two years had changed much, not in terms of the old pub but in opportunity. 'Ye-Old Harrow' had been doing the rounds so we figured someone had smashed or torn a once obstacle that blocked our way.
Sure enough, we were in the back yard within minutes, looking down from a wall perch and spotting an open door. Once out of eyeshot this looked to be an easy target.
Climbing down into the yard we spotted some outhouses, all of which contained a big fat nothing.
It was hardly a good start but surely 'Ye-Old Harrow' given its spooky reputation could be better than the 'Durham Ox' which is literally 200 yards away.
Walking through the back door we walked down a broken corridor toward a metal sheeted door which I guessed was the front door; we were heading for the bar.
It was another one of those 'bars from hell', though on a scale of one to ten it's only about a 'seven'. The blacks need to be blacker, the burning more intense and thorough. Could a spot of black matt paint help restore this sight to a 'nine' maybe?
Seating and accommodation is of the finest quality, with even arm rests to take away those aches and pains.
You can gaze from the window and watch the world go by, just be careful not to disturb the local's washing.
With a little cleaning 'Ye-Old Harrow' could charm even the toughest crusty critics with its dark natural burnt styling, bare brickwork and even a map of medieval England donning the far wall.
You do get an idea of how the island's shape has changed over the last two centuries (it used to look like a two legged chubby poodle walking upright complete with a Santa hat).
The locals when home are willing to share their hard drugs, and you can then lay full stretch on any of the extensive seating and fall into an opiate stupor. Its little wonder this one is such a hit over the 'Durham Ox'.
I would have exited by way of that 'Fire Exit', but it wouldn't budge. As much as a tried, finding anything in 'Ye-Old Harrow' was challenging.
I did spot this which could have been a 'beer' voucher. Did the yielder use it on that rotting tin of 'Fosters'?
If 'Ye-Old Harrow' was not so well 'tinned' from the front, anyone could jump through a multitude on windows. Over the years, its' visitors have not been kind to the interior décor.
Our attempts to get 'upstairs' failed due to part of them missing. An athletic explorer could jump, swing, stabilise, before hauling themselves up if they were confident the far side would actually hold.
Failure would result in seven foot drop into what was the bar area and definite injury.
All I could see in the gloom was an upright mattress resting against a piece of furniture. Maybe the 'dark figure' lives up there. Sinister shadows need sleep too.
The old notice board, not so crammed with dodgy fast food takeaways and tradesmen attempting to shill their skills to a non-existent audience.
How many have tried to make that jump and partially impaled themselves on what you see here. There is a limit to my abilities and daring.
Going down was likely going to be a poor substitute. Cellars rarely hold anything photo-worthy, but I was going to look anyway.
A golden penis caught my vision while descending the stairs followed by a bunch of old tyres. I thought this was a pub not a tyre bay?
Has there even been a Guinness that's not been 'black'?
Some areas of 'Ye-Old Harrow' were looking structurally weak, with pockets of sunlight poking through.
The cellar was larger than I first through with another room containing several mattresses, one of them overturned. They are much more comfortable the correct way up, especially after shooting up.
These junkies never seem to learn. They find the most uncomfortable rooms possible that are dark, damp, freezing and are oblivious to the 'dark figure' that could be just around the corner biding his time before jumping out with a terrifying 'BOO'.
Could it be the 'sinister dark figure' is also a junkie?
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Fosters and skag, what better way to pass an evening!
Poor dark figure, I reckon he has been chased off.
The referrals I could find about 'most haunted pub in Sheffield' are mostly from other explorers, and those paranormal attention seeking YouTube idiots. It could all be made up bullshit, but I can't deny the age of this one.., it's fucking old!
It is old, a shame it lasted so long only to fall into such a state of disrepair.
The paranormal bods are funny. I know a couple who go to many a "haunted house" tales of cold rooms and prickling spine feelings abound!
I would welcome some of that, something to get my adrenaline racing more than it already is. 300+ explores later, and nothing, which tells me I am either oblivious to the spirits or they are full of shit!
Perhaps you are immune to the ticklings of those beyond the veil.
Or more likely no self respecting ghost would really to hang out in a half burnt ruin. They obviously like their comforts!
There must not be a single place to eat over there because I feel like every single pub has closed up shop and you have explored it by now! It's sad that all of these old watering holes have gone into disrepair. I bet there is a ton of history with some of them.
There's lot left @bozz. The number of pubs that used to be open 30 years ago was ridiculous. It's no wonder the Brits have a reputation of bad behaviour and being pissheads. Only in the last 20 years or so have restrictions been lifted about drinking hours.
They used to call last orders at 11pm and throw everyone out, countrywide. It was the law when I was out drinking decades ago.
The pubs we do have left are mostly eateries and only the best ones keep going. Many are still closing, despite trying to become 'eateries', People simply don't go out like they used to.
Oh wow, really? Closing time over here is like 2:00 AM. It's been quite a while since I closed down a bar though. I've never really understood bars that don't serve food. I mean the two things just go hand in hand. Of course, there are some areas where it makes sense, but for the most part if a bar doesn't have food, I likely am not going there. Broadway in Nashville would be one of the few exceptions I can think of.
They changed it so there was no closing time, but then the pubs didn't want to stay open (I guess the landlord wanted some sleep), and by the time the change was made pubs were in decline.
During my drinking days, pubs didn't serve food. That was reserved for the kebab shop after your fill when you were swaying around in the streets.
Many a kebab barfed up also ended up on the streets!
We don't have stuff like that here in small town America. In the bigger cities for sure, but nothing within two hours. I don't even think Detroit has street vendors.
It's always normal for people to want to seek for refuge at the dark areas, the building looks really old just looking through the photos I could tell how irritated I would have been if I was the one taking the shots. I'm glad you made it to another urban exploration.
Hope you are doing well?
They never seem to be there when I visit, maybe one night is enough. They are not pleasant places to sleep.
It would be awkward if they sleep in such a place, I was referring to what they do there, like it's easy for them to do drugs in such places, hehe.
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My goodness, My Guinness!
There could have been a few droplets left in the pipes, a little sticky and gooey. 😀
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I am left speechless after viewing the interior of 'Ye-Old Harrow!' From the outside, the place appeared to have potential as a fixer upper with its location and haunted history. Upon seeing the mayhem left inside: holy effing crap, NO!
LOL, it's often the case. Not being able to get upstairs doesn't make it easy to renovate up there!
For real! Apparently this was the local tire cemetery as well. Wth?
Those tyres seem to materialise like magic. If old worn rubber was valuable, I could retire!
Looks like it might have been quite a quaint pub in its day - its a shame to see it getting torched and turned into a hell hole.
And are you sure there isnt a dark figure peering out one of the windows in that first pic ?! Wooooo
I guess we scared Mr Spooky off, I seem to have that effect on all the ghosts. Not fair I say!
When I saw the building Mr. @slobberchops from the outside I really liked it and I thought a comprehensive remodeling and another nightclub with Gothic style was born and if it includes that story of fear and suspense it even turns out to be a great plus for marketing and potential customers.
I think that the living people is the ones you have to take care of because those are the ones who hurt, especially if they leave you in such a lonely place... I'll take the race and leave.
Thank you so much, for sharing the history and horror tales of this old building
It's old enough to have many stories. Most of what I can find is other explorers' seizing on the 'horror' and 'ghost' elements.
TBH, I find all this stuff tedious, now if I was to see something.. I might change my perspective about it all.
That's a shame. Looks like it was a nice pub at one point.
The tires are strange lol 😆
Tyres seem to have babies and spawn everywhere I go, it's one of life's paradoxes.
As usual always painting the perfect picture with the photos and the writing, can imagine a bunch of junkies in the room and the dark figure giving out the supplies to get high as a kite.....btw couldnt stop reading the comments saw you mention last order were at 11 p.m LOL thats crazy, here bars close at 2 a.m and ppl still complain but things probably going to get tighter, there has been many bar fights recently and two days ago one of the guys died because of the fight
Reminded me of the abandoned compound I visited during my hike. Gonna post soon 😊
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Just think the bearded one, or anyone of a number of "exploring with......" cretins
'the bearded one' LOL..., a few more have taken to beards, it's a trending thing. Every now and again I look on FB, usually to location spot. They give away much.
About 2 years ago, there was a lot of hoo hah in the south about an explorer, who incidentally also had a beard, he had been arrested when he was caught in a property dressed in the clothes of the woman who had lived there. FUCK ME.
haven't seen him around much lately lol
That rings a bell, but I don't keep up with FB so much, I let @anidiotexplores do all that and then he tells me the drama while driving to the next explore..
Poor Bearded doesn't get much love..
LOL love it!!
No used johnnies, I'm amazed!
Honestly, everything you have posted are so lovely. The Ye Old Harrow looks truly old but looks dope. I would love to pay a visit.
Do you never feel a little sad at old buildings such as this being left to go to rack and ruin? It would appear that in the UK so many old buildings are left to rot with no thought to their importance as part of our common heritage.
There are many, every town has a few pubs that are boarded up. Maybe there were too many to start with?
Haunted hurriedly left, no longer has fun.... Boo! 👻
Drafty dank thankless might as well be torn down, another golden oldie youth never to enjoy, stately death of pubs taking it's toll.
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Most of the time I am unaware of the 'haunted spirits' until I come to write these up, check the research etc.., to me they are just another old wreck to explore. There are some famous ones, but they tend to get saved and renovated. People here generally like their ghosts.
Would love to see the reaction when you walk into one, some places apparently have haunting experiences, yet no one I know of has ever seen one. People like ghosts, no one can disprove them !LOLZ
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This was awesome with the abandoned feeling. Thanks for sharing! Imagine the laughter and sorrows that was once drunk to in this establishment, all that is now left, echoes!
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This place looks quite charming from the outside and it reminded me of some of the houses I see in the Harry Potter saga... But damn, inside it's all hell actually!... The so-called "dark figure" You must be pretty crazy to stay there...
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Doubtless the sinister dark figure is from the 19th century opium den era. It likes junkies.
Yes, old habits die hard I guess.