Britain's Last Original
When Fitzpatrick's opened in 1890,
temperance bars were common. In 1832,
Joseph Livesey, a Methodist cheese-maker
from Preston, began the 'Temperance
Movement'. There was no tax on alcohol,
and alcoholism was rife, particularly
among the poor.
Initially, avoiding spirits
was enough to join, but soon joining the'Band of Hope' and 'taking the pledge'
came to mean being totally teetotal (no
alcohol at all).
The Fitzpatrick family were
renowned Irish herbalists and ran a chain
of temperance bars throughout Lancashire.
After World War II interest in taking the
pledge faded. The end of prohibition in
the United States and the introduction of
sweet, sugary, fizzy drinks to Britain saw the
decline of temperance bars.
now has new owners, who have given
the shop a sympathetic refit. Visitors can
continue to enjoy their award-winning
home-made cordials like sarsaparilla, blood
tonic (nicer than it sounds!) and dandelion
OS: SD811228 Car:
From M65: Junction 8 and at roundabout take
A56 to Bury/Manchester/M66/Accrington/A679.
Go through one roundabout and take the exit to
Todmorden/A681. At the roundabout take the 2nd
exit onto Haslingden Road/A681 and continue
on this road. Take slight right at Bacup Road, and
then turn left at James Street.
From M66: Continue
onto A56 and take slight right at A682 (signs for
Rawtenstall). Take slight right at Bacup road, and
turn left at James Street. Fitzpatrick's is on the
left. Parking on the main street is by permit, but
there is free parking at the nearby supermarket.