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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.
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