The Lord Raglan Pub, Nangreaves.
T he Lord Raglan pub lies within the small village of Mount Pleasant, Nangreaves in Bury, Lancashire. Nangreaves is situated on the exposed shoulder of Snape Hill two miles North of Bury on Walmersley Old Road which was once the turnpike road between Bury and Burnley. The pub took its name from Lord Raglan who was Commander in Chief in the British Army during the Crimean war.
In 1819 John Hall established a cotton mill at Nangreaves incorporating weaving sheds, power looms and spinning sheds and it became famous for the quality of its cloth and houses were built around the mill to accommodate the mill workers. For this reason Nangreaves became an important example of a “factory village” and most of the houses and the Lord Raglan pub itself are Grade II Listed buildings and the village area has been given Conservation status.
In 1825 the Lord Raglan building was a butcher's shop and store and was a popular stopping off point for merchants and travellers and probably because of this and its location on the busy turnpike road it later became a hostelry. In addition to the merchants and travellers it also became a valuable meeting point for the mill workers.
Gradually the cotton industry altered and the mill buildings changed ownership and use until in 1983 the now derelict mill was demolished. However the stones from the mill were dressed and then re-used to build a small complex of new houses and flats around what was once the village mill pond but which is now the village green. Throughout all the changes to the village that have taken place the Lord Raglan has been the social focal point and in fact such became its reputation that people would travel some distance to visit and enjoy its fine food and craft beers. In fact the area around Nangreaves is also popular with ramblers and cyclists and lies on the Village Link Scheme - a network for footpaths that link many of the local villages.
The Lord Raglan was involved in many of the events that village residents organised either by acting as the venue or by providing the beer. In 1999 the Leyden Brewery was launched with a view to brewing on a small scale, however demand for Leyden Ales soon increased significantly and the ales were eventually being sold up and down the country as well as in the home town of Bury, which led to the creation the famous 'Forever Bury' inspired by Bury Football Club. Apart from their staple beers the pub also sold seasonal and themed ales especially during the pub’s annual Beer Festivals. Unfortunately after the death of the Landlord responsible for the pub’s micro brewery, business began to fade and in October of this year (2017) the remaining Landlord decided to retire and so the pub was put up for sale.