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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021)


The former Victoria Hotel, Wallgate, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 2nd June 2021 at 08:11

I have a booklet of Victorian murders in Wigan. A young woman who worked here was murdered by her husband, her body was floating in the canal. I think he was hanged for the murder if I am correct. The photo reminds me of it and I picture her husband waiting for her coming out of those doors.

Comment by: Edna on 2nd June 2021 at 08:11

My sister in law had her wedding reception in here in 1963, when the hotel was in all its glory.. Pool's Pie shop next door.

Comment by: DTease on 2nd June 2021 at 10:35

I wonder how many guests nipped next door for a quick steak and kidney Edna? Better than wedding cake any day.

Comment by: Joanne on 2nd June 2021 at 13:59

Glad you’ve captured “Victoria Hotel” on the side of the building, Dennis. I like seeing clues to past identities.

Comment by: Rainh on 2nd June 2021 at 15:36

Was the pie shop there in June 77 when the Queen was standing in front ?

Comment by: Maureen on 2nd June 2021 at 15:39

Just down the road on the right was my Street..happy days..thank you Dennis.

Comment by: Edna on 2nd June 2021 at 17:44

DTease, no! I would rather have wedding cake.Im sure the men guest would prefer a pie just out of curiosity I wonder how much they cost then, compared with now.We used to go for pies there but I've forgotten. I know its £5 for two potato at Greenhalgh's I've not said meat & taste, cause there is none in!!!!

Comment by: Maureen on 2nd June 2021 at 19:34

Butter pies for me..my mouths watering thinking about one,

Comment by: . Ozy . on 2nd June 2021 at 19:51

Look Edna, now I do realise that advertising is strictly forbidden on this site ( supposedly ) , but if you want a decent pie, then forget Greenhalgh's, just get thisen down to the Rolling Pin at the saddle junction....I don't expect this post to be accepted by the way....in common with most of my others.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 2nd June 2021 at 20:46

Maureen what is a butter pie ? Sounds like something I would like & you dont get them in Norfolk !

Comment by: Edna on 2nd June 2021 at 21:36

Ozy, I am not going all the way to saddle junction for a pie, the reason being I have never driven, and my husband run me where ever I wanted to go, sorry. So I will settle for a butter pie recommended by Maureen.But thanks for the advice.!!!

Comment by: Maureen on 2nd June 2021 at 21:50

Helen,it's potatoes cooked in butter and they're delicious..if I were in your shoes I would ask at a local bakery if they sell them or if they know a bakery that does..it's worth a try..good luck,

Comment by: DTease on 2nd June 2021 at 21:59

Butter pies Maureen? Luxury! We only ever had margarine pies in our house! And we only got them at Christmas!

Comment by: Maureen on 2nd June 2021 at 23:01

Awww D'Tease,I'll send you a couple made with real butter.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd June 2021 at 07:10

Vose's pies were the best in Wigan they were renowned for them. Queues a mile long waiting to be served, piping hot steak pies and meat and potatoes pies - NOT potato and meat pies, there was a difference. That's the way Greenhalgh's describe their potatoe and meat these days to show they are mostly potato and meat. I do recall them in the eighties when I worked there. The change came later.

Comment by: Pine on 3rd June 2021 at 14:38

Butter pies were originally for the observant pie eating Roman Catholics, who could not consume meat on a Friday. Known as Catholic Pies. They were not just a catering peculiar to Wigan or Lancashire. It was anywhere that had a large RC population in the old days.

Comment by: Edna on 3rd June 2021 at 16:58

I had forgotten about Vose's Veronica, in Standishgate.Went there often for my mother.Thanks for the memory.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd June 2021 at 19:39

I used to go on Saturday morning with a basket. I was only about 10 at the time Edna. I wouldn't have dreamt of sending my granddaughter at that age up town. But , it's a different world.

Comment by: Carolaen on 3rd June 2021 at 19:53

A shout out for the butter pies from Baileys- the Scotch Bakery on Mesnes Street. Lots of WGS boys went for this lunchtime treat in the 1960s. I still dream about them after all this time.

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