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Report - Woodman Inn, Charlestown - March 2016

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by degenerate, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. degenerate

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    In 1901 Joshua and James Helliwell sold a plot of land to Thomas Ramsden and Sons Limited who ran a Brewery in Halifax. They built the Woodman which was opened in 1902. The Woodman was on spring water with a well in the cellar (story has it that a beer barrel fell down the well and is still there!).

    By the 50's the inn was divided into a dining room and kitchen, a bar, a singing room, a tap-room and a snug. It also had large concert room upstairs used for dances and weddings. The Woodman had only TV in Charlestown; everyone came to see the coronation in 1953 with chicken soup and sandwiches provided.

    Here's an advertising card for the Woodman circa 1950:

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    The last Owner was Jim who ran the Woodman until it closed in 2000. The upstairs function room was used for Buffalo meetings (a cross between the rotary and a friendly society). In the 1990s there was a successful demonstration against the introduction of striptease nights.

    Pretty battered place, the floors falling through in some areas here, I didn't hear Birdmans warning and half fell into the beer cellar below! Visited with Birdman Whistle.


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    Thanks for looking.
     

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