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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Lord Napier

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"N" is for "Napier" and today's photo shows the Lord Napier pub in Ashton.

The Lord Napier on Albion Street was built around 1850 and for over a century was a "beerhouse", which meant that it was licensed to sell beer but not wines and spirits. It only became fully licensed in 1962.

From the date the pub was built it seems possible that it was named after Robert Cornelius Napier (Field Marshal Lord Napier of Magdala) who was something of a hero in the Sikh War of 1845. He had a horse killed under him twice in three days. (Not the same horse!)

There was another Lord Napier in the news a few years earlier. William Napier (9th Lord Napier) wasn't so much of a hero though, having completely failed in his mission of expanding British Trade into China.

See Birds Eye View of this location.

See Google Street View of this location.

"Lord Napier" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "N" posts from around the world please follow this link.


  1. Interesting post as always! Great shot of the pub! Hope you have a great week!


  2. know this pub so well, a childhood friend was landlord for many years.thanks for posting it up.

  3. Wow. It is a beautiful pub! Very nice.

  4. I wonder if Napier Street in Hyde is named after the same person.

  5. Great shot of the pub. Interesting history. Thanks for the information.

  6. I would hoist a few here.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  7. I did come back after receiving your email to read the additional information and checked out the references you listed. Really enjoyed reading more! Thanks!


  8. Very interesting post. That is definetely a historical bulding. It was built way back in 1850.

  9. I had no idea there was a distinction between beer houses and fully license premises. Very interesting post.

  10. The colour the sky paints on the whole photo is beautiful..

    And who would've thought this was a historic building too?

    This post was an interesting read!

  11. Pubs just aren't the same here in the USA!!

    Oh! to be in England!!



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