What’s in a name? A lot for Stalybridge pubs

THE pub with the longest name in the country has made a comeback – yards from the one with the shortest.

STALYBRIDGE, ENGLAND – MAY 31: A workman finishes the lettering on the sign of The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, the pub with the longest name in the world on May 31, 2019 in Stalybridge, England. The pub which reopens tomorrow was awarded a Guinness World Record in 1995 and has now reopened close to the Q Inn,

The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn has been brought back to the streets of Stalybridge.

And one of its near neighbours is The Q – officially recognised as the inn with the shortest name.

Named in 1880 and known locally as The Rifleman, the pub was in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest named pub.

It closed in 2016 and the sign, which stretched across the entire front of the property, was rescued after it was found it a pile that was earmarked for burning – that now resides in Bridge Beers on Melbourne Street.

Now three years later, it has been reborn on Market Street – less than 50 yards away from The Q after Sarah Farrer-Baxter, who owns the Bohemian Lounge in the town, and husband Nigel Baxter bought the building.

Again, the sign stretches all the way across the building after she was gifted the name by the family that own it after they sold only the old property and retained the business rights.

“It’s not the original sign,” said licensee Sarah, who opened the doors to the public on Saturday, June 1. “That belongs to someone in America.

“It’s the full official name, which was gifted to us. Our friends owned the business and the property but sold only the property.

“They kept the business name and still have the deeds and the certificates for it, which they gave to us.

STALYBRIDGE, ENGLAND – MAY 31: A workman finishes the lettering on the sign of The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, the pub with the longest name in the world on May 31, 2019 in Stalybridge, England. The pub which reopens tomorrow was awarded a Guinness World Record in 1995 and has now reopened close to the Q Inn,

“The old sign was sold to someone in America, so we can’t use the original one.”

Mrs Farrer-Baxter says she has not done anything official yet with the people behind the Q given the longest and shortest names will be so close.

However, that is why they have taken ‘The Rifleman’ tag on.

“That was the reason we inherited the name,” she admitted as work created a ‘traditional pub’ from being a bar in just three weeks after they bought it.

“Originally, we were going to call it something else.

“It was only because our friends said, ‘We’d like to give you the name,’ that we thought about doing it because the traditional name would have been lost forever and it’s next to the one with the shortest name.

“It’s nice for Stalybridge to have it back but we’ll be pretty much next door to each other.”

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