1 March 2020

Into Lancashire, my next big target for GBG completion.

Mind, Whitworth looks like it’s in Rochdale to me. “Rochdale IS in Lancashire” screams Old Mudgie. It was probably in Yorkshire once.


Yes, this is the land of straggly villages along the A671 on the way to Rossendale. It’s a untidy picture in a beautiful frame, full of takeaways (which are normally shut), keg pubs and potholes.

Someone has to
Speedway ?
Mysterious alleys

I can’t remember the last time I stopped here, but I picked a good day to do the Band Club, with its evening only openings every day except Sundays.

Classic sign

This is the Rochdale of weaving and mining, of brass bands and rag puddings.

I entered the Club (no card checks) to a roar, two rooms celebrating/commiserating an equaliser for the Stretford Rags at Goodison Park. I thought it’d be Burnley fans round here.

The odd stare tell me I’m in the way of the screen so I duck.

The main bar had that classic curved seating that defines “club”.


Pump clip corner
2 Proper beers there

It’s won lots of awards by offering LocAles, so obviously I go for the Banks’s, which was a cool, foamy NBSS 3, possibly 3.5 I decide later.

“Pickworth you ******”

Lacings never lie.

But Baylis & Harding handwash (just add alcohol) does.


It’s a classy club, but not posh.

Proper signage

Whitworth doesn’t look at all posh, but I notice the sign for “Conservation Area” and head up some cobbled streets that could be Dobcross.

Up to a smart pub with a blue plaque and mums with children called Gemima and Toby (probably).


I keep walking, up to St. Bartholomews, a slippery path I wouldn’t fancy doing if we ever do get a Winter.

You’re in the North now

Up to the stocks reserved for visiting pub tickers on their 6th pint.



Magic. You find it when you look.



    1. In all seriousness the good weather seems to follow me around.

      Those Pennine Lancashire towns can look a little drab but if you find the right spot and right day they’re gorgeous.

      The better known pubs are to the east closer to Mytholmroyd and Hebden.


  1. The entire community was convinced Dick Tattersall would never amount to anything, but here we are in the 21st century, and they’ve all been forgotten to history while old Dick has a commemorative blue plaque in his honor. πŸ˜‰

    Your photo of the “classic curved seating” got me thinking that this architectural feature really is possibly unique to UK pubs. In America we’ve generally got either tables (and their high table cousins) or else booths. I wonder if you’d find a single example of the sort of horse-shoe-shaped continuous fixed bench seating shown in your photo anywhere in the entire USA. If so, it would surely be in an Irish theme pub doing its best to emulate the proper old pubs that have inspired it.

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      1. Used to be a lot more common in pubs – see my latest blogpost:
        As Martin says, the best kind of pub seating πŸ˜€
        Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit handwash in a working men’s club in Whitworth? What is the world coming to? Don’t they do a Tripe & Ferret version?

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