Lord Derby

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.

 

scytheIn the Grandma’s Antique Recipe book I featured Ye Olde man and Scythe pub. In the local paper this week it seems that Lord Derby is haunting the place again, it is well known in Bolton that the pub is haunted, many customers have witnessed the spooky image of James Stanley the Earl of Derby sat in his chair in the corner of the pub,  click  on the link below to see the video,  SPOOKY!!

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