The Blazing Rag was a beer shop situated in Lockwood and is referenced in a 1867 newspaper article.
Although unusual, the name is not unique and extant inns of the same name exist in Mossley (Greater Manchester) and Buxton (Derbyshire). In both instances, the inns were linked to the sport of hound trailing 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 location is unknown, but was possibly on Swan Lane, Lockwood.