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Crawford Arms
Photo: DTease
Views: 876
Item #: 32067
The Crawford Arms, Red Rock Bridge.
Nov 1994.

Comment by: Dougie on 11th April 2020 at 19:49

Anyone else remember the unusual bar in this place years ago, you couldn't help looking at the dates why waiting for your pint

Comment by: Linma on 12th April 2020 at 06:33

Many a Sunday afternoon used to park the car on Wigan Lane and walk down the steps (can't remember the name of them) and carry on to the river/canal (can't remember which, old age setting in) and walk to the Crawford Arms for lunch.

Comment by: Roy on 12th April 2020 at 10:35

Do you mean the 'Penny Bar' Dougie. The bar top had hundreds of pennies beneath a sheet of perspex.

Comment by: Barrie on 12th April 2020 at 13:36

Linda, the steps I called "64 steps" and used to walk that way sometimes to Haigh Hall. Seeing this photo again brings to mind that I have only been in it twice -both time late 1959 ( under age) on my way to a "Musical Evening" with the 4A gang from Gidlow School (both sexes). In my diary the 5 Senior Service cigs bought at the bar cost 1/6d. The party was at one of the boys parents farm near Haigh and I walked from Standish both ways. Others came from the Beech Hill & Swinley area. The 2nd time I called there a month later was to buy a bottle of cider for the party. The next time I visited a pub I was working on the M6. I past this again in 2018 out for a walk along the canal tow path and it was all boarded up.

Comment by: Alan H on 12th April 2020 at 17:14

Barrie, I think they are called 70 steps. I think there is a nameplate on the wall where they are on Wigan Lane

Comment by: Jonno on 13th April 2020 at 10:27

Definitely 64 steps, have been for 70years that I know of.

Comment by: Dougie on 13th April 2020 at 20:48

Yes Roy that's the one maybe it was short-lived that's why people may not have seen it

Comment by: Philip Cunliffe on 17th April 2020 at 11:05

I think it’s 70 if you include all the steps from top to bottom, not just the steep descent

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