Village Centre Inns

There are three further pubs that must be mentioned., 

The Railway on Station Road, The Swan on Warehouse Hill and The Shakespeare in Peel Street.

The Railway

The Railway Inn built on 'part of what was known as Lower Ing' opened in 1865 and, like the Shakespeare, continues to flourish. In 1905 William Dodson Holroyd, executor of William Holroyd, sold The Railway to Joshua Tetley and Son for £2,700.

The Swan

The Swan was built around 1838.   It was another of the local brewer, John France’s, pubs.   The present frontage replaced the original one in 1926 when Bentley and Shaw acquired the property.   At the time the inn was built the road on which it stands was called Pinfold Lane.   The Swan still remains open to business.

The Shakespeare

The Shakespeare started life in an old building below the present pub.   The property was a shop occupied by the Marsden Equitable Industrial Society.  Owen Bulmer acquired the property in 1868 and was granted a licence to sell alcohol.   His son, Joe took over from him in 1891 when he moved to the Old New Inn. In 1900 the Shakespeare was sold to Joshua Tetley and Son who built the present pub and demolished the old property.

People still remember a small inn up Wessenden called The Blue Pig though nothing has been found to indicate when it was first licensed or when it stopped serving beer.  It is known that Edith Doyle worked at The Blue Pig as a barmaid in the 1920s prior to her and her husband taking over The Moorcock.  After the alehouse was delicensed it reverted to being a farmhouse and its address was given as Lower Acre Head Road. It was totally destroyed by fire on Easter Sunday, 1943 and John Arthur Kaye lost his life fighting the fire. His wife and children survived.