Here at Stockport Advocacy, we are very proud of the historic building we’re based in and often receive interest in the history behind it.
The building opened in 1855 as a pub under the name of ‘The Lower Pack Horse’. The pub was part of a famous pub crawl route back in the 50s and 60s, known as ‘Hillgate and Wellington Road Pub Crawl – there were around 30 pubs to drink at in total! The name of the building changed to ‘Land O’ Cakes’ and closed in 1918. The name ‘Land O’ Cakes’ is taken from ‘Peregrinations’, a poem by Robert Burns:
Hear, Land o’ Cakes, and brither Scots,
Frae Maidenkirk to Johnie Groat’s; –
If there’s a hole in a’ your coats,
I rede you tent it:
A chield’s amang you takin notes,
And, faith, he’ll prent it
Various organisations used the building after the pub closed and Stockport Advocacy moved into the building in 2015. We have always been keen to promote the building’s unique characteristics – it certainly isn’t your typical office setting!