The Bentley House Moonshine of 1857 | Haslingden Grane | History


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Jonathan Haworth of Bentley House, farmer by day – illegal whiskey distiller by night!

On the 3rd April, 1857 and at around 11pm, Mrs. Ellis Heath of the inland revenue, accompanied by police officers paid a visit to Haworths farm after hearing rumours of illegal whiskey being made AND distributed throughout the town of Haslingden.

Upon their search of the property they came across a hidden cellar that contained a large amount of illicit spirits and apparatus for the manufacturing of them.

Needless to say, Haworth was arrested and fined £30 in costs (the equivalent of £3,414.73 in today’s money!

This is a short video showing the location and indeed the cellar where the whiskey was found!

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