|The Diggle Hotel, 2015|
And as they say this is one of those stories which will run and run.
|Away from Diggle with the 6th Manchester's, 1910|
And because it was addressed to Mrs Sykes at the Diggle Hotel that seemed a good place to start.
Mr and Mrs Sykes were there running the pub from 1891 and I rather think from a little before that.
They had been married in the November of 1887 and may have there well into the middle of the last century.
James Sykes died in 1939 and Lauretta in 1951 and with a bit more digging it should be possible to find out when they gave up running the pub.
|The Diggle Hotel, date unknown|
And it becomes even more complicated because a decade later Lauretta was living with her parents close by in the home of James Broadbent whose sisters were working in the Hotel in 1861 and in 1881 she is listed as a householder sharing her home with her servant Amy Sykes aged 62.
|With Janmes and Lauretta in 1900|
But that is for another time and while I am still no nearer knowing what Mrs Sykes looked like I am a bit closer to the business they ran because there on the walls of the pub are some posters from the 1900s.
They were sent to me by Lynn Shaw who along with her husband and family have been running the Diggle Hotel since September.**
Picture: the Diggle Hotel, 2014 and poster advertising the place in 1900 courtesy of Lynn Shaw and detail from the picture postcard, the 6th Manchester's 1910 at West South Downs Camp, from the collection of David Harrop
* Mrs Sykes, her son in the 6th Manchester's and the Diggle Hotel ....... part 1 a picture postcard,http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/mrs-sykes-of-diggle-her-son-in-6th.html
**The Diggle Hotel, Station Houses, Diggle, Oldham, Lancashire OL3 5JZ, 01457 872741
Local family takes over historic Saddleworth pub thanks to funding from RBS, Aimee Howarth, Saddleworth Independent, HTTP://SADDIND.CO.UK/LOCAL-FAMILY-TAKES-OVER-HISTORIC-SADDLEWORTH-PUB-THANKS-TO-FUNDING-FROM-RBS/