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“Jimmy Says, Take My Word, It’ll Have Blown Over Before We Reach Nont Sarah’s. That Was At Firgrove”

Date: 1978

Jimmy Says Take My Word Itll Have Blown Over Before We Reach Nont Sarahs That Was At Firgrove - George Mainwaring – Rochdale Artist

George's Notes

The Clarion Cycling Club’s Good Friday runs to the Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Abbey or the Dukeries were always very popular fixtures in the club’s calendar, and happily, there are quite a number of local residents who remember with pleasure the friendships which developed through membership of clubs such as this.

It now seems incredible that, in 1921, it was possible to buy a good solidly built cycle which could be guaranteed to give you good service, such as a JUNO for £2-10-0 in fifty weekly payments of 1/-.

George Mainwaring

[NONT SARAH’S is the local familiar name for an isolated inn high on the Pennine moors that separate Lancashire from Yorkshire. The A640 road from Rochdale to Huddersfield and Brighouse rises winding through Newhey and eventually comes to the bleak, empty top of the moor as the painting suggests. When road transport was by waggon and horses, at 1, 150 ft above sea level, Nont Sarah’s, higher than the nearby moorland village of Scammonden, was a most welcome ‘halfway-house’ pub, where men and horses both could get refreshment at one time.

In acknowledgement, the inn was officially named the ‘Waggon and Horses’.The familiar name, so the story goes, recognises the Aunt Sarah of one landlord. She had provided the cash to enable him to buy the inn.

John Mainwaring]

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