During the Second World War, the Rake’s cellar was used as a base for the local contingent of the Home Guard, and concrete blocks were placed on the other side of the road.
In recent times, the Rake is possibly best known for its story of the ghost of the laughing cavalier. It is reported that the ghost appears to anyone called Anne who lives in the Inn.
In 1967, it was reported in the Rochdale Observer that the ghost had appeared to Mrs. Annie Turton who described him as “a big round fellow with a big red face and his cavalier’s hat held in front of him and wearing a lovely amber brooch”.
Further information about the Rake Inn is available in the Local Heritage Department at Touchstones, Rochdale.