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Orrell Stag Inn Token


Photo: Ron Hunt
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wiganworld member Andy Gaskell has sent in the above picture of a brass token. Has anyone any idea of what it would have been used for, date etc.? Could it have been a beer token?

Comment by: Rubyshoes on 20th January 2011 at 20:06

Could well be a beer token or a token for the fruit machines.

Comment by: Ron Hunt on 20th January 2011 at 23:20

Hi Ruby I don't think fruit machines would have been invented when this was in circulation<g>

Comment by: Mick on 21st January 2011 at 14:44

It could be a token from a 'pasty eating' - many pubs used to have dos where they sold home baked pasties to customers, which contained tokens for prizes and booby prizes - a bit like the sixpences in a Christmas pudding. Twopence (2d) would have been the price of a pint, circa 1900.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st January 2011 at 23:33

This is, of course, a travel pass for the Wigan - Orrell Post section of the Wigan Highland Railway. The attempt to construct a light railway to Ormskirk via the heights of Upholland in 1865 foundered through lack of funds, and never got beyond Abbey Lakes. The completed section was eventually incorporated into the main Wigan Tramway system, but was still known locally by its original name for many years after, hence the initials WHR stamped into this token.

Comment by: Ron Hunt on 21st January 2011 at 23:51

Hi Thanks Rev. That's very interesting

Comment by: Mick on 22nd January 2011 at 00:33

I believe the phenomenal tide range of Dean Brook at Abbey Lakes also proved an insurmountable obstacle; washing the newly constructed embankment away on a number of occasions.
It was fortunate that an early 20th c Landlord at the Stag Hotel - William Henry Rothwell - shared the same initials as the defunct company, and he purchased a job lot of the tokens.

Comment by: Duncan on 16th March 2011 at 10:06

Is it not possible that the token was for use of the bowling green at the Stag? the bowling green there became the car park in the 60s.

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