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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 13th June, 2021)

Ale Yard


Ale Yard
Swan and Railway, Wigan.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Derek Platt on 13th June 2021 at 00:18

Good catch Mick, however I need reminding where the Swan and railway pub is.

Comment by: Brian on 13th June 2021 at 00:25

Hi Derek, it's opposite Wigan North Western Station, Wallgate.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 13th June 2021 at 00:40

Thanks Brian, never been in there on my many pub crawls from Wigan town centre to the cherry gardens.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 13th June 2021 at 09:31

That's a fair old crawl there Derek, where did you start ?

Comment by: Elizabeth on 13th June 2021 at 09:43

Maureen will have many memories of walking past here as she lived nearby.

Comment by: PeterP on 13th June 2021 at 10:35

Looks like a jail with a couple of scallies escaping

Comment by: Gary on 13th June 2021 at 11:39

Apart from the pie poster it looks more like a convention for meths drinkers.
The two "strollers" look the type who do their gardening in the loft.
Pig trap, then this! Mick brings us down to earth.

Comment by: Maureen on 13th June 2021 at 11:39

Yes Elizabeth,I used to go to that pub for my Grandmas Guinness,she gave me one of those cream jugs with a piece of Irish linen to cover it on the way home..then she would give me a drink of half milk and half Guinness with a spot of sugar in it..to this day I love it...yes many happy memories.

Comment by: Anne on 13th June 2021 at 12:10

Think I'll stay in my own back garden, even if I'm crawling about weeding.

Comment by: Tommy T on 13th June 2021 at 12:18

The two well dressed gentlemen will probably be meeting up with like minded business associates in a town centre establishment.
I like Mick's pics, different from the flowery aww isn't it nice shots.

Comment by: Cyril on 13th June 2021 at 13:03

Do pigeons still roost on those bridge girders, or have they now been netted over? If not folks using the far left tables would get splattered with pigeon poop and also have it added to their pies and pints.

Comment by: DerekB on 13th June 2021 at 14:06

Back in the 60s , wasn't this part of a builder's merchants premises? The name Wild seems to ring a bell.

Comment by: Aubrey on 13th June 2021 at 15:02

Not the most scenic or peaceful beer garden, but under the circumstances the landlord has made a commendable effort to keep customers .

Comment by: Veronica on 13th June 2021 at 15:19

Mick seems to have a thing for iron railings at present. What will it be next? I dread to think....I hope there isn't a table near the bins for eating those award winning pies.

Comment by: Cyril on 13th June 2021 at 16:46

The builders merchant yard was down the Alley further up Derek. Remember going into that yard to gain access to the basement of the Masonic Buildings to the right of the pub when they had problems some years ago, there were plenty of rooms which I was told at one time housed tables for a Billiards Hall, though pitch black at the time with no working lights so quite spooky with the faint echoing noises from the shops above and thoughts of those initiations that you heard of being carried out down there.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 13th June 2021 at 17:08

WN1 Standisher, we used to start at a pub on standishgate. It was round the corner from St. Johns Church going towards the town centre on the left. Then we used to go up standishgate in most pubs the griffin, the bowling green, the millstone etc to the cherry gardens. I forget some of the other pubs but it was a good night.

Comment by: DerekB on 13th June 2021 at 17:37

Thanks for the info re the builder's yard, Cyril. Remember the van I was driving breaking down and being pushed out of the traffic into the yard.jfkkz

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 13th June 2021 at 17:51

A good trot that Derek. If you started at the White Horse, cross the old road to the Whitesmiths, then on to the Griffin, cross the road to the Royal Oak then up the hill to the Fox and Goose. Staying on that side you'd take in the Millstone in it's original form then the Saracens Head. Crossing the road to sample the delights of the Bowling Green then maybe the Bellingham on the opposite side and finally onto the Cherry Gardens. 10 pubs there Derek, good effort. Incidentally, I haven't seen the Bowling Green open since the first lockdown and the Cherries is shut with a to-let sign on the front of it. Not good.

Comment by: Cyril on 13th June 2021 at 23:32

WN1 Standisher, The Bowling Green is open on Saturdays along with The Millstone too, I go down to Tesco on Saturday evenings and yesterday and the week before I noticed that both were open, don't know about other days.

Sad about The Cherries as the folks who had it previous to lockdown had just built up the clientele and it had become to be very busy at the weekends, and then all that hard work was pulled from under their feet.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 14th June 2021 at 09:32

Thanks Cyril, haven't been out on a Saturday night for well over 15 months !! I drive past it during the week and the door is always closed. I hope the Cherries opens again and thrives again as a pub, and not become a Tesco Extra as was previously intended.

Comment by: Dorothy Hesheth on 16th June 2021 at 19:47

Used to pass here daily, as I worked at plesseys.

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