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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 25th May, 2020)

Bridge 63

Bridge 63
The former Crawford Arms Pub, Red Rock - as it is now. Such a shame.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony Cybershot)
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Comment by: Mick on 25th May 2020 at 07:16

Its in the wrong place, if it was in Henley upon Thames it would be packed out everyday with customers enjoying spending there hard earned money.

Comment by: MikeW on 25th May 2020 at 07:40

At least it’s still standing, unlike many others.

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 25th May 2020 at 07:54

Yes Dennis such a shame, back in the 70/80s it was a great pup, visited many times for a pint or two. Thanks Dennis for the pic it serves as a good reminder but so many have gone this way, sign of the times !!.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 25th May 2020 at 08:23

So agree Dennis. There is an interesting photo on Album/Places/Red Rock of a car which had crashed into the Crawford Arms. The row of cottages ,now gone, are shown opposite the pub.

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th May 2020 at 09:19

What a sad sight. It used to be popular with boaters. Same with The Dover Lock by the canal in Abram. Just empty buildings that were once alive with people in the Summer.

Comment by: Gary on 25th May 2020 at 09:29

Beer - battered cod and chips, 25 years ago, with my late mother, returning from her annual hip check at Wrightington Hospital.
Happy memory of an idyllically sited pub.

Comment by: Veronica on 25th May 2020 at 09:31

The change of name couldn't have done any favours either, the Crawford Arms sounded better..It looks a good building, just there waiting for some good builder to come along and transform it. Into what - I don't know.

Comment by: janet on 25th May 2020 at 09:54

a bridge to far never took off would make a good boat side cafe

Comment by: Philip G. on 25th May 2020 at 10:37

I was there Dennis, Wembley, in May 1980 when the 19 year-old Maradona came to town, and gave another hint of what was to come. He wore a blue and white striped shirt and black shorts with a … I'm sorry, Dennis, please excuse the ramble, that flippin' gable end's caused it; it reminded me of that flippin' awful Admiral shirt which our boys had worn for the first time on that otherwise lovely night - the 'bridge 63' font is a bit compressed too.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 25th May 2020 at 10:41

Hee by gum .......

Back in the day when that was the Crawford Arms, I had many a pub lunch in there.

Where have all the years gone (and the pubs) :)

Comment by: Mick on 25th May 2020 at 12:04

I couple of years ago I spoke to the owner and the builders about it, and they told me they just wanted to make it watertight for the time being.

Comment by: f on 25th May 2020 at 13:43

Empty and forgotten ,
shared a shant or two,
crack is filled with gossip,
bottomed glass of brew
Arms that prop the bar piece
a pint to set my day
see the world with different eyes
Refreshed I’m on my way

Comment by: Pat McC on 25th May 2020 at 13:46

I agree with you Walt, The Crawford Arms was a very popular place indeed in the 70s and 80s. We used to go there for an evening out on Saturday nights - courtesy of my lovely mum-in-law babysitting - and it was always packed. Lovely memories of being young and enjoying a couple of hours' freedom!

Comment by: Brian Bradshaw on 25th May 2020 at 16:38

Many years ago, I went with my dad to the Crawford Arms, to assist him on the canal where a fishing match was in progress, his job was to check on each of the 20 men as they weighed in their catch, after which we all retired to the pub to anounce the winners, and celebrate with a pint or two.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 25th May 2020 at 20:23

If I had the money...I could turn this pub around.
It would be the talking point of Wigan. The best food, the best beer and the best service....

All it needs is some vision....

It's in a perfect location.

Comment by: Philip G. on 25th May 2020 at 21:21

I'd seen the 'weigh in' elsewhere back in the day, Brian - times of 'bated' breath, what. Haven't fished for yonks.

Comment by: Titus C on 25th May 2020 at 22:00

Back in 1981, when my son was just a few weeks old, we called for lunch at the Crawford Arms one Friday lunchtime. We were not welcome in the lounge nor the tap room, but we were allowed to have a drink (no food) in a rear corridor. We were made to feel like lepers. Never went back. Children were not welcome in pubs in those days.

Comment by: lock lass on 26th May 2020 at 09:05

I remember when this pub was the Crawford Arms. In the 1950s my Mum and Dad had Ye Olde Oak Inn, Lostock Lane in Lostock and they were friendly with the landlord and landlady of the Crawford Arms and they used to visit us and we would visit them. Me and my sister had to go in their kitchen for a bottle of pop and a packet of crisps but they always made sure I (being the youngest) had something to occupy me i.e. I remember a metal Muffin the Mule on strings and always wanted to take it home but I had to leave it for the next time we visited. Happy times.

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