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Ye Olde Salutation Inn - Interior
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The ghost of a young four year old girl is rumoured to haunt the caves below the pub

Five year’s ago, the landlord, who now has a pub in Chesterfield Market Place, told Richard Studeny some weird goings on re hauntings of the pub.

One was concerning his keys disappearing from the bar and then just reappearing – after he’d been upstairs to check if he’d left them up there… and no one else was in the building at the time… and he’d not had a drink either!

His wife would not go down the deep cellar…she’d only been down there once and refused to go down there again following ‘an experience’, but she became upset when Richard Studeny asked her to tell him more!

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Article by Richard Studeny, Notts CAMRA supremo
Originally called the ‘Salutation’ – but known in my apprentice drinking days (circa mid / late 70’s) as ‘the Sal’.

Brewed its own ales in its early days – long ago these names were painted on the wall outside.

‘1240 AD’ is displayed on the apex wall but apparently the first building on the site then belonged to a ‘tanner’ (someone who made animal skins into leather). Their workshops were on the ground floor, with living accommodation above for both the ‘tanner’ and his workers – a true ‘cottage’ style industry – few and far between today!

1440 – borough records recorded this date as having a private dwelling on the site, belonging to a man named John Alastre.

1649-1659 – Puritans came to power and formed the Commonwealth Government and were not very happy with the religious implications suggested by the ‘then’ pub sign – the Archangel Gabriel saluting the Virgin Mary – so the
landlord was ordered to take it down or re-paint it! Not wishing to totally change the sign, nor wanting to lose his license, the then landlord renamed the pub: ‘Soldier and Citizen’.


1660 – Restoration of the Monarchy – the old innkeeper brought back the old name ‘Salutation’, but let the pub-sign of the ‘Soldier and Citizen’ remain until it fell apart then the ‘greeting graphic’ was replaced by picture of a handshake.

1937 – Following an investigation by the Thoroton Excavation Society, it was thought that the 9th century caves beneath the pub were lived in by the local Saxon folk - the ghost of a young four year old girl is rumoured to haunt the caves. Five year’s ago, the landlord, who now has a pub in Chesterfield Market Place, told me some weird goings on re hauntings of the pub – one was concerning his keys disappearing from the bar and then just reappearing – after he’d been upstairs to check if he’d left them up there…and no one else was in the building at the time…and he’d not had a drink either! His wife would not go down the deep cellar…she’d only been down there once and refused to go down there again following ‘an experience’, but she became upset when I asked her to tell me more!

1966 – Extensions to the pub led to a wrought iron hand being put up outside, but this was unfortunately stolen on the same night it was put up! (no CCTV in them there day’s and I haven’t got it… honest!).

1992 – Nottingham University’s Department of Archaeology’s tree dating labs put a date of the oldest timber (the inner ring) in the pub as being circa 1360 – apparently in those days timber was not left to season so that date is probably an accurate estimate as to when the pub we know today was actually built, and not 1240 as is stated on the apex wall (that was probably the date of the first building on the site!).

1976-1981 – regularly frequented by bikers and the heavy-rock fraternity.

There have been two major refits since the early 70’s – The latter being the introduction of a second public staircase allowing access to the upstairs bar – it’s a shame the windows on Houndsgate have been blocked out by the upstairs bar… but there again who wants to relax and enjoy a pint whist at the same time having to stare at the ‘city loop’ buses travelling down Maid Marian Way at a snails pace during the rush-hour!

Within the last two year’s Tony Robinson and the Channel Four Time Team programme tried to date all three pubs (the Bell, the Trip, and the Sal) – can’t remember the outcome… but I think the Bell was declared the oldest!)

Plaque near the Maid Marian Way entrances states:
“The present house was built c. 1240 on the site of the 13th century Ale House known as ‘The Archangel Gabriel Salutes the Virgin Mary.’ During the first Civil War 1642-1646 part of the house was used as Recruiting Rooms for both Factions. The original still existing Cave Systems was probably Saxon Farm, latter used for Servants Accommodation and Brewing”.
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