Historic pre-Civil War document returned to Ye Olde Man and Scythe

Richard Greenwood of Ye Olde Man and Scythe with the document

Richard Greenwood of Ye Olde Man and Scythe with the document

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A FASCINATING pre-Civil War document has been returned to Bolton’s oldest pub.

Parchment recording the sale of land in Bolton in 1639 has been bought by Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Churchgate — and will now take pride of place in the pub.

The precious “record of sale” document was displayed in the historic pub for a month in 2010.

It details the sale of five acres of land and buildings in Harwood, and the pub’s owner Richard Greenwood says the valuable artefact will fit in nicely at the pub, which dates date back to 1251.

He said: “The guy actually came up to the Chetham Arms in Chapeltown — one of my other pubs — and said he wanted to have a chat with me.

“He was saying he displayed the document there and he really wanted to see it back in the Man and Scythe.

“There are quite a few pictures up on the walls, dating back to Victorian times, and the history is something we emphasise about the pub. I have put this up in the front room as well and it goes really well.”

The document contains well-known Lancashire names, such as Greenhalgh, Horrock, Seddon, Bromley and Winstanley, as well as place names Long Meadow and Two Marshes.

It is believed to be one of two identical documents — one given to the buyer and one to the seller.

Those drawing up the papers would have written out the information twice on the same parchment and then cut them in two so only those two halves could be slotted together again.

Mr Greenwood bought the document from Belmont pensioner Ted Unwin, who previously loaned it to the pub, after he found it in a box of old books a few years ago.

Ye Olde Man and Scythe’s history, including the story that James Stanley, the seventh Earl of Derby, was executed outside the building for his part in the Bolton Massacre, is a central part of its appeal.

Mr Greenwood added: “This historic pub is the perfect place for the document.

“The amount of people who have said five generations of my family have been drinking in here is unbelievable.”

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12:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Trouble at t'mill says...

Remarkable condition for such an old document without professional conservation *cough cough*
Remarkable condition for such an old document without professional conservation *cough cough* Trouble at t'mill
  • Score: -7

1:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

I think the word 'unbelieveable' just about sums it up - buying it off a bloke in a pub!

Wouldn't be the first time - does anyone remember the Bolton Museum fiasco?
I think the word 'unbelieveable' just about sums it up - buying it off a bloke in a pub! Wouldn't be the first time - does anyone remember the Bolton Museum fiasco? Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -4

1:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Terry McC says...

Stuck to the frame with drawing pins must be priceless :-/
Stuck to the frame with drawing pins must be priceless :-/ Terry McC
  • Score: -3

3:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Yoggle says...

Does anyone remember a time when The Man and Scythe wasn't a weekly feature in The Bolton News. Their shameless promotion knows no bounds!
Does anyone remember a time when The Man and Scythe wasn't a weekly feature in The Bolton News. Their shameless promotion knows no bounds! Yoggle
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14

TomDoubt says...

Must be very valuable. I hope the ghost doesn't steal it and create more negative publicity.
Must be very valuable. I hope the ghost doesn't steal it and create more negative publicity. TomDoubt
  • Score: 4

9:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Citizen Cane says...

The fingers of a ghost can be seen clearly on the right hand lower side of the frame. It is not possible that Mr Greenwood has such long digits.

The only other explanation is that it is two sausages that have been guillotined by the frame. Spooky.
The fingers of a ghost can be seen clearly on the right hand lower side of the frame. It is not possible that Mr Greenwood has such long digits. The only other explanation is that it is two sausages that have been guillotined by the frame. Spooky. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 2

9:13am Wed 3 Sep 14

Trouble at t'mill says...

At the risk of showing my age..I think I preferred Strawberry nose to this Del Boy
At the risk of showing my age..I think I preferred Strawberry nose to this Del Boy Trouble at t'mill
  • Score: 0

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