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 Photo-a-Day      (Saturday, 29th June, 2013) Views: 2,975 
The Whitesmiths Arms
 The Whitesmiths Arms   by Ron Dawber  (Canon powershot G9)
Standishgate, Wigan.

Comment by Ken R on 29th June 2013 at 00:10
Nice looking pub Ron. Where is this on Standishgate ??


Comment by Ron D on 29th June 2013 at 08:28
Ken R. If you have any money I will take you when you come over.


Comment by A.W. on 29th June 2013 at 09:36
A good picture of the old Whitesmith's. Who remembers how this area used to be the other shops that were nearby, betting shop, newsagents?


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 29th June 2013 at 10:18
Ron: Glad to see you`ve escaped from Haigh Country Park lol.
Ken R and A.W.: Have a look at the following photo`s in Album, Places, Standishgate:-
#1864 1st on bottom row on page 1.
#1871 end of top row on page 2.
#1886 3rd from left on bottom row on page 2.
#1872 1st on 2nd row on page 2.
Also see 20th Jan.2008 P-a-D.


Comment by David on 29th June 2013 at 11:05
I remember Tom and Eve having the Whitesmiths, and I think it was Joe who had the newsagents.


Comment by fred on 29th June 2013 at 12:33
Erny; your at it again; stik to what you see. Good one Ron.


Comment by ann21 on 29th June 2013 at 12:57
Ken It's a bit further down from the Griffin pub towards the town centre.


Comment by Cyril on 29th June 2013 at 14:50
David the barman in the Whitesmiths was also named Joe, and a superb pint of proper Boddies was served there too, that was until Whitbread took over and closed the brewery.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 29th June 2013 at 14:52
fred: I`m helping people to see what this pub and it`s surroundings were like years ago.


Comment by alan lad on 29th June 2013 at 18:07
anybody remember what pint was served in there in60s it never had head on it ?.got me stumped


Comment by Mick on 29th June 2013 at 20:02
Thanks for the information Ernest.


Comment by Bernard on 29th June 2013 at 20:49
Boddingtons I think!


Comment by Mike S. on 29th June 2013 at 21:55
We had our wedding reception there 48 yrs ago. Beer at that time was Swailes, a Manchester brewery. Newsagents name was billy alker.


Comment by Neil Rigby on 29th June 2013 at 22:21
I think it is the Boddingtons Beer Sign (a barrel) in this photo:-
http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=1864&gallery=Standishgate&offset=0


Comment by Art on 30th June 2013 at 01:01
I knew Tom & Eva Leech, also their 2 daughters & son in the 60's, when it was a Swales pub.
Had many lunchtimes in there, followed by a meal in the living room, laid on by Eva (before they started catering);o)
I posted a pic years ago, with Evas dad outside the door


Comment by alan lad on 30th June 2013 at 09:57
the pint with no head on was draught bass i was told .thanks anyway.


Comment by christine bishop on 30th June 2013 at 13:40
used to go in there a lot when eva and tom had it ,great days


Comment by Fred on 30th June 2013 at 14:11
Ernest; I too thank you for your imformation;


Comment by John H on 30th June 2013 at 21:13
That's another nice shot you got me into. Good idea though getting photos of pubs now while there are still one or two around. These will be just happy memories in years to come.


Comment by David on 1st July 2013 at 09:40
Thanks Cyril. I remember Joe he was a friend of Alf - who sadly died. Didn't Joe live in the flats up the hill from the pub opposite the old Girls High Schoo?


Comment by Sandra on 1st July 2013 at 22:02
Interested in getting back in touch with Sandra & Shirley Leach.


Comment by Art on 2nd July 2013 at 01:39
Didn't Shirley go into nursing? I know Sandra loved dancing..


Comment by Deborah on 30th October 2015 at 09:01
I am Eva and Tom's Granddaughter. I remember going to Tommy Moss' when I was very little, on a Saturday morning then going to Nan's cafe for lunch when my mum Jean picked me up...the ladies in the cafe were just lovely. I remember my Grandad had lots of ladies panties pinned to the ceiling at the back of the pub lol. and a cabinet with his uniform in from Fort William.


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