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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 1st May, 2021)


1. The very well tended St John’s Churchyard. 2. The Dover Lock Inn. 3. Abram District Council Office. 4. The Buck’s Head.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 1st May 2021 at 07:15

I bet Irene's neighbours are knocking on her front door shouting wake up Irene, because Abram as made it onto Photo-a-Day.
What Im wondering who is putting up that flag when the Dover lock pub been closed down for a few years, maybe Irene will know.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st May 2021 at 07:18

What a surprise to see Abram! (You can NEARLY see our house from here, Mick!).

Comment by: Veronica on 1st May 2021 at 07:52

You can always pick out the red bricked Town Halls in various towns and boroughs. Accrington bricks must have been very plentiful in those days of the early 1900's

Comment by: PeterP on 1st May 2021 at 08:48

Rummer is the Dover Lock Pub to be demolished for housing

Comment by: David Barker on 1st May 2021 at 10:39

Good selection Dennis, on a nice sunny day .

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st May 2021 at 11:27

There are all sorts of rumours about The Dover Lock, PeterP...some say it has been bought, some say not. , The Union flag is one of a number of flags put up by the Church Lads' and Girls' brigade at various spots around the village.. There is one on the Community Centre behind our house and there was a photo of it on Abram Facebook last week, and you really COULD see our house, Mick....I actually thought of you when I saw the photo and had a little smile to myself.! Thanks, Dennis, for the photos. They are lovely. Thank Heaven we haven't had comments from the "This isn't Wigan" brigade so far! To quote from the title song of an old television programme, "Maybe other streets are wider than these narrow streets I know, All I know is..this is home, it's where the heart is".

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 1st May 2021 at 12:46

Irene, I was impressed with the Churchyard. It must be one of the best looked after Churchyards in the area. Respect to whoever is responsible.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st May 2021 at 13:13

I have put a note on Abram History and Heritage Facebook re your comments about the churchyard team, Dennis...I'm sure they will be pleased by them.

Comment by: Mick on 1st May 2021 at 16:34

Irene its funny you said that because I did do a tour around Ashton Haydock park Golborne and Abram a few week ago and also took some photos of the church but Ive not sent them in yet.
I had a sit on the bench opposite the church, and then proceeded down past your house and back onto the canal at Platt bridge.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st May 2021 at 17:18

It just makes me laugh about us Wigan Worlders "seeing your house" on the Shevington/Standish pics, Mick....I know that you know I mean no harm....and it just tickled me that my house actually WAS visible on a recent Abram Facebook photo! The benches outside the memorial garden opposite Abram church are in memory of well-known local people and it's nice to think that you sat there for a while.

Comment by: Rainh on 1st May 2021 at 19:05

They’ve done the properties next to the Council office up beautifully and so in keeping . Just shows what can be done . Has it always been a Council building ? Just wondering if it was ever owned by the church being close by . Shame they couldn’t do the houses on the right the same way as the left . Would look a picture .

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 1st May 2021 at 20:03

Rainh, you can’t see it on this photo but there is a sign carved over the door that says “A.D.C Offices 1903”.

Comment by: Broady on 1st May 2021 at 20:13

The one almost across from the churchyard entrance is dedicated to David Hart. I always sit there and have a “ talk” with him when I visit. As Irene says the churchyard is always beautifully maintained. I don’t think the Dover will ever open as a pub again. By coincidence the landlady of the Dover in my youth was Maud Hart who was the grandmother of David mentioned above. Thanks for the pictures Dennis. Got the old memory bank working.

Comment by: Dave johnson on 1st May 2021 at 21:29

The Dover lock had two signs on it years ago. From one side it was the Dover lock from the other side I think it was the Red Lion?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st May 2021 at 21:59

Broady, David Hart was a lovely man who left us far too young. Dave Johnson, The Dover Lock, (always known as such in Abram), was indeed The Red Lion, even when I first lived here in the 1970s. Someone once stopped in a car by our house and asked me where The Red Lion was and I told them there was no Red Lion in Abram. As they drove off I suddenly remembered that it was the proper name of The Dover Lock and had to dash after them and explain! Shortly after the name was changed to The Dover Lock!

Comment by: Rainh on 1st May 2021 at 22:39

Thanks Dennis, Some nice pictures in album items 25654 & 27300, showing it with window boxes and part of the lovely properties that used to be to the right of it. Love the craftsmanship and when people take time to make an effort. Now it's the 'that will do' mentality. Just knock it down and start again. Bright, new , but no character at all. Thank you for posting., really interesting checking these places out to find their history.

Comment by: Edna on 2nd May 2021 at 11:42

I got a notification on my phone Sat.The Dover Lock pub maybe demolished to make way for Six new houses.Wigan Council has twice turned down the proposal before, after residents feared the scheme would be harmful to the Green Belt of which it is part. But a new proposal has just gone in.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 7th May 2021 at 11:48

The pub was still called the Red Lion well into the eighties, when it was run by Harry Barlow. I was at school with his son (also Harry) and daughter, Kirsty.

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