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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 14th February, 2014)

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The former Victoria Hotel in Platt Bridge is getting a new roof - hopefully to be put back into use.

Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 6D)
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Comment by: Dennis Miller on 14th February 2014 at 06:24

Awesome photograph! from an unusual high viewpoint. Although I am glad to see The Vic being used, I am still saddened that it will no longer be a pub.

I lived in Platt Wazz for 35 years, and only ever went in there once.

Comment by: A.W. on 14th February 2014 at 09:56

Nice to see something being renovated rather than demolished.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 14th February 2014 at 10:15

Nice angle Andrew.....good picture....
Only in there once Dennis.... :).....cheers!!!

Comment by: Colin Barnes on 14th February 2014 at 10:41

The Vic was never the same after the Glass works closed down as wre the glass alot of buisnesses in platt bridge.
All the glass works lada used to frequent the vic before and after and inbetween shifts , Remember our old mate THE lEGEND that was Alan Thornton used to spent alot of time there ,What a guy, we all miss him so much.

Comment by: maggie on 14th February 2014 at 11:19

I am so pleased it is being kept. the stables at the back used to fascinate me as a child when I went past to play with the girls who lived at the bottom of Victoria Road.

Comment by: gill on 14th February 2014 at 13:29

I'm the architect for the proposed redevelopment and it was a wonderful surprise to see the great photograph and comments. The interior has been badly vandalised & rain/weather damaged due to theft of roofing materials, etc. Has anyone got any information on the history of the building - eg when did it stop being a pub/hotel, what has it been used for since, how long has it been empty, what were the rooms used for (all floors) etc? Stables - where were they? Thanks

Comment by: dirty harry on 14th February 2014 at 15:26

i hope you didnt tresspass on the railway to get this shot . its very dangerous to play on railway tracks .

Comment by: John H on 14th February 2014 at 18:08

Yes Andrew it is nice to see it being used, its just a pity it wont be a pub no more. I bet it will end up has flats [they call them apartments these days] They do look so nice when you go to see them, At the end of the day they are flats people living on top of each other, when I lived in one I was sick of people below me telling me to put slippers on, the person above me playing loud music till all hours.

Comment by: barry on 14th February 2014 at 19:33

andrew is there anything left of platt bridge station it was just to the right of your picture up the steps if i remember

Comment by: Steve on 14th February 2014 at 20:14

It was known as the Top House to Platt Bridgers Tom Farrimond was the Landlord for many years.There was a good bowling green to the rear.In later years we held our meetings of the Foresters Friendly Society.

Comment by: maggie on 15th February 2014 at 10:52

Sorry, I have got the wrong place altogether. I thought it was the pub that used to be in Victoria Road. I do not recognise the area at all.

Comment by: Steve on 15th February 2014 at 15:41

Maggie the pub you refer to was the Commercial locally known as Kes Walls it was situated in Victoria Rd

Comment by: Andrew f on 16th February 2014 at 12:52

Dirty Harry - there hasn't been a railway for 20 years! It was removed and public access establishd when Bickershaw collery closed in the early 1990s.

Barry - the station was on the opposite side of the road from where i stood to take the shot and I didn't see obvious signs of a station. It can be seen on an old map:
http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=22014&gallery=Platt+Bridge&offset=160
Just copy and paste it into your browser.

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