Landlords of Peak Hotel

1809-1828 Robert Schofield Watson

1828-1839 Deborah Watson

1839-1887 Benjamin Watson

1887-1890 George Mitchell

1890-1891 Alfred William Goodall

1891-1893 Mary Hannah Unwin

1893-1894 George Walker

1894-1914 William Johnstone

1914-1926 Florence Cooper

1926-1934 Benjamin Riley

1934-1948 Charles Alfred Viccars

1948-1952 Francis Booth Bradford

1952-1953 Ernest Brunt

1953-1954 Phyliss Brunt

1954-1961 Henry Rethaby

1961-1966 Cyril Berry-Greensmith

1966-1970 Ronald Blake

1970-1980 Graham Wilfred Swallow

1980-1998 Paul Holwell

1998-2001 John Ernest Jowett

2001-2002 Kevin David Jellis

2002-2003 David Elliott & Theresa Ann Stanley

2003-2009 Karry Finney & Steve Baker

2009-2010 Timothy Lee Jones

2011-2012 Lee Griffin

2012-2014 Anne Marie Harris

2014-Present Richard John Samuel Ellison

The Watson Family (1809-1887)

Peak Hotel first opened as an inn in 1809, with innkeeper Robert Schofield Watson, who was a butcher by trade, and kept a shop down a little alley across the road from the inn. He also owned the field opposite. The property was leased from the How family, from which the lane outside takes its name. Back then, the inn was known as the "Board". In the same year, their son Benjamin was Christened at the village church on Christmas Eve. At this period, there were only 7 alehouses in Castleton. Robert Schofield Watson died here September 16th 1828 aged 46. A fortnight later the youngest son, Richard also died, aged only 11. Robert's widow Deborah then kept the inn, while her sons William and Benjamin took over at the butchers. The name of the inn then changed to "The Heart", where it became popular with visitors. In 1839, Deborah relinquished the running of the pub to her son Benjamin and his new wife Harriet. They had two children; Francis and Robert. Alas, Harriet died May 6th 1844, aged only 23. Benjamin remained at the inn with his children and changed the name to the "Butcher's Arms" following the death of Deborah, his mother in December of 1846, where he then purchased the inn from Elizabeth How, who still owned the inn at that time.

On the tithe map, Peak Hotel is described as a house, barn and garden, a cottage and croft (across the road) and butchers shop. In 1847, his brother William died and Benjamin never remarried, so his sister in law, Martha became the housekeeper. By the time 1861 rolled around, both of Benjamin's children worked as butchers in the shop. Fast forward ten years, and Benjamin Watson was a butcher, innkeeper and farmer of 16 acres! He eventually sold the property to  Greaves & Co, Norfolk Brewery, Sheffield in 1887 for £650 and two years later saw rebuilding and alterations take place, costing £2000, with stabling for 50 horses and a butchers shop, complete with a outside balcony to give it a Swiss style effect. While all this was taking place, a 5ft sword of the Cromwell period was found in a stream nearby.

It was officially renamed the Peak Hotel on 23rd October 1890 with a grand reopening on May 13th 1891, where the brewery held a dinner for 50 of their workers. 

Benjamin Watson died April 5th 1896 aged 82; he lived to see the railway come through the district two years earlier, and the influx of visitors the trains brought to the Hope Valley.

By the 1930's Duncan Gilmour's Brewery of Sheffield had brought the inn and later sold it to Tetley's.