The Nag's Head was a public house situated at the corner of Canal Street and Upper Edward Street in Weatherfield. Its location near the canal made it popular with the barge workers in the early part of the 20th century. In the 1930s, the landlord was Tom Pickles, although it was soon taken over by his daughter and husband Cissie and Arthur Walker. Arthur's brother Jack lodged at The Nag's Head when he moved to Weatherfield from Accrington in search of work, earning his keep by working behind the bar.
Arthur and Jack used to provide landlord cover to each other when they were on day's out. In August and September 1966 Jack looked after the pub for two weeks, mostly to get away from Annie Walker's electioneering when she stood for the council.