I lived at the Westwood from when I was born in 1941 to the family leaving
Oldham (to join my Father’s family in Coventry) in 1945 or 46.
The O.B. licence was held by my grandmother, Ada Law. My mother and father
also worked at the pub, though my father (too old for war) worked away quite
a lot, I think with A.V.Rose Aviation.
The pub had three floors in those days - but the attic is now missing. I
remember being taken up to the attic one night during the blitz by my
father to be shown Manchester burning. Terrible, the sight still stays with
I do have some photographs of my grandmother outside the pub with her
‘ladies’ - in those days they had their ‘gin and t’ in the snug behind the
bar. In fact access to the snug was through the bar. On the RHS as you come
into the pub, there was two rooms for the men on the RHS. The concert room
first on the right, next the tap room. I was allowed in the tap room to play
dominos and gin rummy with the lads. I guess I must have been a bit