The Witchwood

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Coordinates: 53°29′12″N 2°5′55″W / 53.48667°N 2.09861°W / 53.48667; -2.09861

The Witchwood
The Witchwood, Ashton-under-Lyne.jpg
Address The Witchwood,
152 Old Street,
Location Ashton-under-Lyne,
Greater Manchester,
Owner Inventive Leisure[1]
Type Pub
Renovated 1960s[1]

The Witchwood is a pub and live music venue in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England. Located in Ashton's town centre, The Witchwood has been a hub for live indie and rock music since the 1960s,[1] and features on North West England's pub music circuit.

Previous performers at The Witchwood include The Coral,[2] Snow Patrol, The Seahorses, Ash, Lostprophets, Muse, Opeth, The Damned, Glenn Tilbrook,[3] The Hamsters and The Ordinary Boys; as well as popular local bands, including This Is Bracewell and Rock 'n' Roll outfit Bad Habits.

In 2004, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council served a compulsory purchase order on The Witchwood, as plans for the regeneration of the surrounding area required the building to be demolished.[4] After a campaign to save the venue, supported by local musicians and businesses, and live music fans from across the country, Ask Developments agreed that The Witchwood would stay, on condition that "the exterior would be re-rendered and new windows put in".[4] The campaign to save The Witchwood was led by Tom Hingley and supported by musicians such as Bert Jansch, The Fall, and The Chameleons.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Sue Carr (15 November 2006). "Save The Witchwood". Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  2. ^ Sue Carr (15 November 2006). "Save The Witchwood". Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Witchwood". Itchy Manchester. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Witchwood joy after deal struck to save it". 29 April 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Don Frame (24 January 2005). "Party as stars' pub is saved". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 29 April 2008.