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From Elaine Rushton

I am currently researching my  Sergenson family tree. Feel free to view it on GenesReunited. My great-great uncle Thomas Sergenson (buried in Stubbins United Reformed Church graveyard) was a beer seller at 20, Bridge Street, known as the Swan Inn ( photo in your Around Ramsbottom book). This was the local pub of my maternal grandfather, Robert Holleran. The landlord then was Vincent Cryne (on 1901 Census).

My maternal grandad also used to visit a pub on Railway Street called The Wellington - near where the craft shop is now. Can't find any records of this. Can you?

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I grew up in Ramsbottom and my parents and grandparents lived there. The Swan Pub was in Bridge Street next to the OddFellow's Hall where I had tap dancing lessons. I spoke to my father about it last night, he is 84, and he remembers it well. It was a small pub but very lively. He said, ' It was so warm that they even had the windows open in the winter.', a lovely Lancashire metaphor. He also told me that my great uncle Sam Brooks frequented the pub abd played the piano there.

The pub where my grandfather, Vincent Cryne, was licencee was The Wellington in Railway Street. his death had an unimaginable impact on his children, two of whom are still alive, and it has been a sadness that the family has carried for all these years. He was suffering Shell-shock as a result of injuries and the conditions he was exposed to in World War One. His duties as a volunteer in the Home Guard in World War Two triggered his nightmares again and he could no longer cope.

Hope this helps with the question regarding The Swan.


Frederick Woodhams

Answer - updated 01/09/2009