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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 27th April, 2011)

The lamp's gone out


The lamp's gone out
The Miner's Lamp at Pemberton, soon to be demolished to make way for new houses.

Photo: John Birchall  (Fuji Finepix S2750)
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Comment by: Lee Layland on 27th April 2011 at 07:37

Yet another pub confined to the history books. There'll be nowhere left to get a drink soon.

Comment by: John on 27th April 2011 at 07:45

The local pub is going to be a thing of the past....just look how many have gone in the past ten years....some people blame the supermarkets cheap beer etc, but for me its the racket of loud music from out of their many TVs mounted on the walls, you can't have a quiet drink and chat because of the noise. If its loud music drinkers want, head for the night clubs in town.

Comment by: carol on 27th April 2011 at 08:14

I suppose the pub must be the same age as the nearby houses. What is the approximate age?

Comment by: Mick on 27th April 2011 at 09:54

Comment by John on 27th April 2011 at 07:45
The local pub is going to be a thing of the past....just look how many have gone in the past ten years....some people blame the supermarkets cheap beer etc, but for me its the racket of loud music from out of their many TVs mounted on the walls, you can't have a quiet drink and chat because of the noise. If its loud music drinkers want, head for the night clubs in town.

Yes all that true John but I will add in people change.

If there was a smoky little four roomed pub in some back street it would still be empty.

The pub way of life as we knew as gone.

Comment by: Nev Buchanan on 27th April 2011 at 10:45

That was a good pub in its day, Thwaites beers I think. According to CAMRA, there are 29 pubs closing every week.

Comment by: Rubyshoes. on 27th April 2011 at 11:04

Lifestyles have changed overtime. People tend to socialise at home more. That way you can choose your company and not have to bother about some idiot kicking off.

Comment by: mally on 27th April 2011 at 11:11

I don,t smoke that kept me out of pubs. now i do not drink so I do no see any sense in talking to a drunk.

Comment by: cullie on 27th April 2011 at 11:38

i think the smoking ban as done alot to the pubs and clubs in wigan

Comment by: Alan on 27th April 2011 at 11:41

A great shame to see how fast they are closing and the over prised of beer doesn't help.
Remember my grandad who's live in park road behine pub in early 70s, used to call in with a big jug and order mild or bitter a take away beer for a few pennys and i was only young at time but sure was about 3 pints in that jug of his.
This pub reopened again in the early 80's and now finally shut for good.

Comment by: John on 27th April 2011 at 12:18

Mick: no need to post all my comments, just simply say John's comments, this will save you time.

No I dont mean smoky four roomed pubs, I mean us mature people can't have a quiet drink and chat because of the noise in most pubs today.

Comment by: Carol on 27th April 2011 at 12:33

It was originally called the Leigh Arms. It appears on the Wigan Licensing Division list for 1890 but is probably older than that.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th April 2011 at 14:10

The Leigh Arms was the last but one pub on our pub crawl around Pem, the last pub being The Fishergate just a stagger away across the road. Hic.

There was seven pubs and the workers club then, probably a lot more in earlier times. Happy daze!

Comment by: Bob on 27th April 2011 at 15:18

Moon under the water is great for a quiet drink...untill 8pm, but that's in town so you would expect that.

Comment by: tricia on 27th April 2011 at 16:20

I know Pemberton like the back of my hand but cannot for the life of me think where this place is.
Can someone please tell me?

Comment by: Jack on 27th April 2011 at 16:27

John mate you're not mature, you're stuck up. you leave "down your nose" comments on most of the pictures on here. re-avaluate yourself.

Comment by: John on 27th April 2011 at 17:04

Tricia: it's on the A577 Orrell road near Pemberton traffic lights, between Chapel st and White st.
Hope you find your bearings.

Comment by: Jimmy on 27th April 2011 at 18:33

Tricia, it is on the left hand side, just past Loch street.

Comment by: tricia on 27th April 2011 at 20:24

Thanks for that, guys.
John, does he mean 'evaluate' do you think? lolol

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 27th April 2011 at 21:14

After 13 happy years in the licenced
trade ,we finally gave it up in 1985.We could see then the changes that were coming. We had a busy happy pub but the busier you were your rents went up more and the drinks prices were increasing all the time.The early trade of customers calling in after work for a quick pint started dwindling and customers were getting later and later,.They couldnt afford to come out for the night anymore..The real busy times were on dominoes,darts and pool nights so they saved their money for those nights.We missed the atmosphere of the trade but we still live "just up the road" so we still see our customers and they tell us now that they dont go out at all to the pubs..I am sure that the Smoking ban must have had a real inpact on the pubs,and the brewery`s get greedy.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 27th April 2011 at 21:36

Who remembers The Pack Horse where tescos is now. Ken Gee kept it once. It used to be Magees Ales. Then The Bulls head in the "bottleneck". Happy days. I live in Midlands now and its just the same by us. Plenty of eating houses but no proper pubs. Is "Jem Lowe's still there?. The Dog and Partridge I believe.

Comment by: Gerald Pilkington Canada on 27th April 2011 at 23:51

had a few ok lots of beers there. sorry to see that go.

Comment by: Gerald Pilkington Canada on 28th April 2011 at 00:28

Janet want to go for a drink, im buying lol

Comment by: John on 28th April 2011 at 06:32

Tricia: "evaluate" find or judge the value of evaluation.

Jack: re-avaluate?? no sutch word in the English Dictionary, I think you mean "Available" meaning, obtainable or accessible...now that sounds like me Jack.

Comment by: Bob on 28th April 2011 at 20:58

Tricia knows pemberton like back of her hand-she dont know were pub is.

Comment by: tricia on 29th April 2011 at 14:51

Here we go again....beat it , Bob. I can trace my family on both sides, in Wigan, back to the early 1700's.. how about you???????

The pub has changed its name , you gawpstick... and a lot of property that could identify it is no longer there. Go and pick a row with someone else.

Comment by: John on 29th April 2011 at 19:57

Bob: go and dig up some spuds...or learn how to write a sentence that makes sence.

Comment by: Gerald Pilkington Canada on 30th April 2011 at 01:10

What was the shop next door

Comment by: PEELY on 30th April 2011 at 10:13

IV HEARD THE TRAVS SORRY BAR 21 IS TO BECOME AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT ANOTHER EATING HOUSE
ONE MORE LESS PUB 4 LEFT ON PEM 5 WITH THE FISH ENJOY

Comment by: PEELY on 30th April 2011 at 10:37

IT WAS A SWEET SHOP WHEN WE WERE KIDS
GERALD. U SHOULD REMEMBER IT

Comment by: Brock on 2nd May 2011 at 15:50

I started a post on the shop next door a few months ago, now on places board, posted again so it should be near the top. :-)

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