Built in 1770 the Golden Lion was a very important pub in the centre of Todmorden. It was an important staging post for the mail coaches and held the town's first library.
A bit of my family history comes in here:
In 1838 soldiers were sent to Todmorden to quell the Poor Law Riots that were occuring in the town. One of these soldiers was my Great Grandfather - Lance Sergeant Anthony Hodgins - an Irishman in the 3rd Light Dragoons.
Whilst billeted in the Golden Lion he met and fell in love with 21 year old Ann Stansfield who worked there. In April of the following year they eloped and married at Halifax Parish Church. After the end of his army career they settled in Todmorden. They had seven children.