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Westwood Inn

Picture source: Adam Brierley

The Westwood Inn was situated on Featherstall Road, having opened in 1808. Closed in 2004, it is now Britain's first Muslim pub, 'The Halal Inn', however is listed here as it only serves non-alcoholic drinks, i.e. a modern day equivalent of a temperance hotel.

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 me.

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 precocious.

John Schofield (December 2011)

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