Blazing Rag, Lockwood

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  • location: Lockwood
  • status: unknown
  • category: beer shop

The Blazing Rag was a beer shop situated in Lockwood and is referenced in a 1867 newspaper article.[1]

Although unusual, the name is not unique and extant inns of the same name exist in Mossley[2] (Greater Manchester) and Buxton[3] (Derbyshire). In both instances, the inns were linked to the sport of hound trailing[4] in which a rag soaked with paraffin and aniseed oil was dragged across moorland to form a circular trail which the hounds would then race along. Apparently the tradition was to then dispose of the flammable rag in the inn's fireplace.

The name of the beer shop was presumably chosen for one of the following reasons:

  • the beer shop keeper knew of one of the above inns and decided to re-use the name
  • the beer shop keeper provided the rag for local hound trail races (perhaps across Crosland Moor)[5]


The location is unknown, but was possibly on Swan Lane, Lockwood.

Notes and References

  1. "Lockwood: Robbery with Violence" in Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Oct/1867).
  5. If so, no specific references to hound trailing in the Lockwood area were located in the Huddersfield Chronicle archives.