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Victoria Hotel
or
Butcher Brig

Built in 1905 by Alfred Nuttall of Little Harwood its alternative name is taken from the adjacent bridge (brig) across the now infilled railway cutting.
The name of the bridge came about, we believe, because butchers called Harrison leased land on the far side of the railway at the time the cutting was made.
Animals could have been kept on the land until taken for slaughter when they would have to cross over the bridge.

Victoria from the railway bridge Butcher Brig, Great Harwood
Original tiled bar in the Victoria Hotel Engraved glass over bar

The green and cream Art Nouveau glazed tiles of the bar also cover the full height of the bar room walls.

Wooden lath bench in Butcher Brig, Great Harwood

 

 

 

There are still four rooms separate from the bar all with bench seating including some of wooden laths which are surprisingly comfortable. A fifth room already had direct access to the bar but has been "opened up" by removing a wall.

 

"The Victoria is a near-complete example of a purpose built early C20 public house. Its
plan form remains unaltered, with much original interior decoration and contemporary
fittings. The survival of public house interiors of this quality is becoming uncommon."

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

 

View across the bowling green and fields to hills beyond outside Victria Hotel, Great Harwood

 

 

 

 

The Butcher was the last pub in Great Harwood to retain its crown, bowling green but it is now a safe children's play area, part of the beer garden.

 

A Free House, there is usually a varying choice of up to eight Real Ales.

 

Map of pubs

 

Public Houses / existing before 1800 / licensed up to 1860 / licensed 1860 to 1870 / built after 1870 / Dog and Otter / Victoria Hotel

 

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Sources

Great Harwood Gleanings, Louie Pollard, 1978, Lancs County Council. Page 48

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