Raven Inn volunteers seek time detectives


THE community volunteers working on the historic Raven Inn at Glazebury have made an unexpected and interesting discovery.

A selection of old clothes, along with a fancy pillowcase were discovered during the ongoing works to renovate the building which was saved from demolition following a community campaign.

Work is now underway to have them dated, but they are believed to be late 19th or early 20th century.

Spokesperson Peter Sturman, said: “It’s like a time capsule, tucked away and forgotten about in the loft space. Did someone once live there? Whose trousers were they? Who patched the knees?
There are certainly more questions than answers. We have had a good response from our Facebook group and we are inviting any ‘would be’ time detectives to get involved.
“The type of clothing, along with a button held on with string, suggests perhaps a mill or agricultural worker. What about that fancy pillowcase?
“A TIGER MAKE label does provide something to go on. The image has been found on istock photos site. That avenue is currently being investigated.

Peter added: “Because the Raven had been left in the condition it was, there was really no option but to strip it back and renovate from there. That means you remove some of the more recent layers and sometimes get these unexpected glimpses into the past history of the Raven.
Now not only of the building, but those who once lived and, maybe worked there.
“It is, perhaps, appropriate that the Raven is now giving up it secrets to people who genuinely love and care for the building.
“From here on in, those secrets will be preserved, investigated and will build upon the rich history of this magnificent example of our heritage.”

Raven Inn

Campaigners celebrate outside the pub – Picture Matt Dempsey


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