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Rufford In Days Gone By - Bertha Crocker & Geoff Tittershill
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Fermor Arms, Rufford

The original Fermor Arms in 1895. This was a very imposing building and one much different in style to the present New Fermor Arms which has replaced it.

However, this fine pub, well-loved by both locals and visitors alike had to be demolished, when it started to subside on its foundation of cotton bales. The sloping floors and bar were famous in local circles and appeared to give added strength to the liquid refreshments therein.

The Fermor in its hey day was a popular meeting place for trippers on a day out and their wagons and carriages would congregate on the forecourt as the revellers ate and drank within.

Bobby Howarth, the Rufford Postman of the century.

Walter Southworth, well-known businessman, who was a keen member of the local cycling club. This was a popular leisure pursuit of the times around World War One.