The Yew Tree Pub (Cauldon Low).
Cauldon Low is a huge hill outside the small village of Waterhouses in the Staffordshire Moorlands. This hill would have been a very special place in the past as it would have been one of the highest places in the area, and the low part of its name denotes that it was a place where ancient burials took place. In the past lights have been seen dancing on top of this enigmatic hill around the area of burial mounds, people have gone as far as to claim that these lights are Spirits or Fairy Folk. However since the Second World War various companies have mined this hill taking a million tons of rock per year from it and desecrated what was once a very special place. That being said another special place can be found at the foot of Cauldon Low in the shape of the Yew Tree Public House which is on the road leading out of Waterhouses on the Cheadle road.
Although in the past I have called in at the Yew Tree I was unlucky in that each time it had been closed, however on Saturday 15-9-2012 I was fortunate to find it open, and able to take the photographs that now appear on this web page.
The Landlord a Mr East told me that due to ill health he had reduced his opening hours temporarily which would account for not finding the pub open in the past when I had called in. He also went on to explain that the reason he had accumulated so many antiques and bric-a-brac was due to the way he had been brought up, during the war he told me he was taught not to throw anything away in case it had some sort of value or use, and over the fifty one years that he has lived at the Yew Tree these values ingrained all those years ago can be clearly seen in this unique pub.
This pub is unique in that it is more like walking into a time capsule or a museum. This isn’t your typical themed pub, there are no juke boxes blaring away, no fitted carpets or ambient lighting, however if your looking to visit something that is totally unique you will probably be hard pressed to find another pub like it. It is a unique pub beneath a unique hill in a very special place known as the Staffordshire Moorlands!