|The lead miners of Castleton were thirsty people and that is why Castleton boasts many public houses where ale and beer was consumed. There is little information about the early premises only details of licensees from the trade directories and census.|
The earliest reference to an ale house in Castleton was 1577, when Richard Lea and Richard Altfield had ‘Alehousis’. It was one of these that was probably on the site of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn. The present building was built in 1660 by the Hall family, who have lived in Castleton since medieval times and become one of the village’s most prominent benefactors.The building, once a farmstead, passed down through various members of the family until 1748 when, known as ‘The Wagon and Horses’, it came into possession of a full license.
It was not until 1847 that it finally became ‘Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn’. The name came about because the inn was used as a resting point for horses and riders who where transporting salt from Cheshire to the rest of the country. By means of payment for their stay they would pay using Cheshire Cheese, hence the name.
| A number of famous people have visited Castleton over the years. One of the most famous was male impersonator Vesta Tilley, known for her rendition of 'Burlington Bertie', who stayed at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn in the 1930's whilst attending a Conservative function in the Pavillion. Vesta Tilley married MP Lord De Frece and as Lady De Frece she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Jessie Hall, who is now one of the oldest inhabitants of Castleton.|