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Fitzpatrick's 1890
Britain's Last Original
Temperance Bar

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.

Fitzpatrick's 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 and burdock.


5 Bank Street

Mon–Wed 9.30am–4.30pm; Thurs–Sat 9am–5pm;
Sunday – closed.

Tel: 01706 231836
Website: and

Getting there
OS: SD811228
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.

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Image of bar: Impudicus , cc- sa-3.0


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