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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Oddfellows Arms

"O" is for "Oddfellows Arms" and today's photo shows the pub of that name on the corner of Kings Road and Alderley Street in the Hurst Knoll area of Ashton.

The pub opened in 1827 as the Banksmans Arms but changed its name to the Oddfellows ten years later. It originally occupied half of the building but later expanded into the two neighbouring houses.

The Oddfellows was (and still is) a Friendly Society, a sort of pre-runner to the welfare state, offering social benefits to members. Local Oddfellows societies often held their meetings in pubs so that would seem to be the likely reason for the change of name. There was another Oddfellows Arms in Ashton, on Kenyon Street, as well as the Oddfellows Hall on the corner of Booth Street and Stamford Street.

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"Oddfellows Arms" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "O" posts from around the world please follow this link.
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  1. always thought Oddfellows was an odd name for a presumably worthy organization.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Certainly a nice place to have a glass of cider, which was my favourite drink when I was in the UK !
    ABC team


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