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Cemetery Hotel, Stacksteads, Lancashire

Copyright robert wade and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The Cemetery Hotel was situated on Newchurch Road and is now used as a shop.
My Great-grandparents, William and Betty Parkinson ran this pub between 1940 and 1952.    My mum has some interesting childhood recollections about life there.  It was here she gained her life-long taste for Benedictine(!), being given a tot before bed at night.  She also recalls being frightened out of her wits as the customers were 'hushed' with cries of "lookout it's Felix" and all the lights being turned off - it seems her Grandfather managed to outwit the local policeman, having been caught out early in his tenancy and fined for serving out of hours.   Pre-school mum was daily placed on the milk cart and taken up the road by heavy horse to where her mother was preparing 'takeaway' meals for the mill workers - the milkman filling people's saucer-covered jugs from churns on the cart.   She also remembers the Britannia (coco)Nutters stopping off on their annual Easter parade along the valley - she said they were usually quite merry by the time they reached the Cemetery Hotel.  I recall loving Egg Flip made by my Grandad to a recipe used by William Parkinson at the Cemetery Hotel - I wish I'd asked for the recipe!!   I often wondered what this pub looked like - thanks for the photo.
Steve Barnett

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