Thursday, 12 July 2018

In celebration of all things Chorlton ..... beer, cider ...... and the competition

That festival of all things beer and cider is back again in Chorlton, just over a year and a bit since we published our book on the pubs and bars of Chorlton, which as everyone knows was a companion to our equally successful and well received one on the  pubs of Manchester.*

Find a caption
All of which may seem outrageous self promotion which of course it is, so stepping back from such blatant advertising, we thought we would have a poster competition to mark the opening of the new festival.

And as Peter does he went looking for a suitable image and came up with this one from 1907.

The original was a picture postcard from Raphael Tuck and Son and was marketed in Wales under the title “A PUZZLER” .

This was one of six cards in the series, “Welsh Rarebits", and our original was posted in 1907 to New York on April 2nd from Tenby.

The card proved so successful that it was still in the catalogue four years later and the company added another five picture cards to the series of six.

A caption with a Chorlton Beer Festival connection
So it seemed the perfect choice for a competition for the best caption to the picture above and opposite.

The captions should be Chorlton Beer Festival related.

There will be a prize of our Chorlton Pubs book to the best caption.

Mark your entries Picture Caption and as a comment to the blog, an email to  or facebook message to either of us.

In time I think I will return to the series but that is almost it, other than to say that all the books including, Hough End Hall - The Story, The Story, Didsbury Through Time, along with The Quirks of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester Pubs -City Centre, Manchester Remembering 1914-18 and The Story of Chorlton-cum-Hardy are available from Chorlton Bookshop or direct from us at

Location; Chorlton Beer Festival, St Clements Church, Edge Lane

Picture; The Competition, adapted by Peter Topping from a picture postcard issued in 1907 by Raphael Tuck and Son, and now in the catalogue of Tuck DB,

*A new book on the pubs and bars of Chorlton;

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