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The Crispin Arms, Birkett Bank, early 1950s.
Photo: Keith Bowen
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Item #: 1763
The Crispin Arms, Birkett Bank.

My parents took this pub in January 1950 until they moved to the Wellfield Hotel in 1956. The scene shows my mother "donkeying" one of the pub steps while I'm standing nearby.

Comment by: Lisa on 15th April 2010 at 23:41

my great great grandad ran this pub, probably who your parents took over from. Jack Myers. I think. Will check but it was definately the Myers side :)

Comment by: Keith on 9th July 2013 at 17:39

Hi Lisa, sorry to have taken over 3 years to reply but I've only just seen your comment. My parents took over from a Mr Gower ("owd Gowie") but next door were the Myers family, perhaps they were related to him.

Comment by: Marcus on 27th September 2013 at 13:41

Hi folks. Going back even further, my great great grandfather (Alderman Alfred Higham) owned this pub. He wasn't a manager or even a tenant, he owned it, lock stock and barrel - very rare indeed these days - and he also had a large share in Haigh Brewery to keep it stocked with ale.
I think he inherited it from his wife (Catherine's) parents, she was born there and she owned the Princess of Wales in Greenhough Street.
Alfred seems to have been a rum beggar. I was told by my Dad (Derek) that his grandad, Alfred lost his share in the brewery in a card game and (knowing that Catherine would quickly know) daren't go home for about a week. Being a resourceful devil, he spoke to his wife's staff at the Princess of Wales - which was actually also a hotel and a massive place with 4/5 storeys. Seeing his predicament, they took pity and hid him away in one of the little used rooms at the top of the hotel then brought all his food and drink up to him secretly until Catherine had cooled off a bit and it was safe for him to emerge !

Comment by: Stephen Byrnes on 26th October 2020 at 20:24

My grandfather Billy Riley ran this pub in the late 1920's - early 1930's. Older Wiganers' might recall him ' he was a world famous wrestler. Billy and his wife Sarah (Sally) often spoke fondly about their time as tenant landlords in The Crispin Arms. It was ahhappy pub they always said.

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