Bolton

Welcome again  to Grandmas Antique Recipes

patricia-ytI would like to introduce you to the paperback version of the book, which is also available to buy on Kindle from Amazon, Waterstones and The Bolton Museum and Art Gallery in the Local History department.

As well as family history, delicious recipes and medicines of a bygone era, I would like to bring your attention to a section at the back of the book on Bolton.

It is my intention to try to bring to life  some of the places of interest in this part of the book by interviewing and filming  the owners of the shops and premises I have written about, these shops have an interesting history attached to them and some have been owned by the same family for generations.

I am sure you will be enthralled with some of the historical events these premises have witnessed through the ages in the very colourful history of the Lancashire town of Bolton.

Happy Reading.

Patricia Matthews.

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Live interview with Tony Dooley the manager of the Haunted Ye Olde Man and Scythe Pub Bolton.

Ghost of  Ye Olde Man and Scythe makes his presence felt once again.

This week I visited Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub on Churchgate in Bolton where the manager Tony Dooley agreed to talk to me about the ghostly goings on in the pub during the week.  In this  video he tells me what happened in the night and what he found when he came to open up the pub for the days trade.

I was also curious how a  poster from the famous 60’s band THE WHO came about which is on show in Ye Olde Man and Scythe when I asked him how it came to be in the pub, he told me that they called in for a drink on their way back from a gig in Leeds, and after a raucous night in Ye Olde Man and Scythe they signed it,  and left it to the manager of the day as momento of their visit and evening of frolics and fun in the pub.  Watch the video to reveal all.

Patricia Matthews.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pkAfDwEK78

The Chair:

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The famous chair

I went to Ye Olde Man and Scythe and took some photos of the rooms inside the pub and the  chair which Lord Derby sat in whilst waiting for the axe to fall the night before his beheading. It is reputed that Lord Derby sat in this chair whilst he waited for the axe to fall the night before his execution and in 1651, the inscription reads “15th October 1651 in this chair James, the 7th Earl of Derby sat at the Man and Scythe Inn Churchgate, Bolton immediately prior to his death.The Earl of Derby was executed for his part in the Bolton Massacre. Outside, there is a cross on the site where the execution took place.

The Glass Cabinet:

The famous glass cabinet

The famous glass cabinet

The glass cabinet that houses the chair along with a signed poster from the band THE WHO, who on a raucous night in the pub, are reported to have sat on the chair and broken it. the Chair used to be displayed in the bar suspended from the wall. This is a date stone which is on the wall near the bar, although Ye Olde Man and Scythe was first recorded by name in 1251, making it one of the ten oldest public houses in Britain.Framed declaration of the events of 1651.

Lord Derby’s Beheading:

The dummy head of Lord Derby

The dummy head of Lord Derby

The dummy head of Lord Derby which was used in the re-enactment of the beheading  and execution, which was carried out annually in by the previous landlord.

The Date Stone:

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The date stone

This is a date stone which is on the wall near the bar, although Ye Olde Man and Scythe was first recorded by name in 1251, making it one of the ten oldest public houses in Britain.

The Declaration:

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The Declaration

Framed declaration of the events of 1651.

The Pub:

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Meeting some regulars

Myself and one of the regulars enjoying a drink and a chat about Ye Olde Man and Scythe.