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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 26th July, 2021)

The Hen Hole

The Hen Hole
The Hen Hole, Gidlow Lane, Wigan.

Photo: Denn  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Helen of Troy on 26th July 2021 at 08:26

You find some intersting buildings Dennis. Red brick always says Wigan for me.

Comment by: A.W on 26th July 2021 at 09:12

My Grandad's favourite watering hole many years ago.

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th July 2021 at 09:35

I had heard of The Hen Hole but never knew where it was. I too love red brick buildings and I love the etched windows even though, as I have told before on here, I once narrowly escaped being covered in glass when one was shattered in a pub in which I was working in Platt Bridge.

Comment by: Gary on 26th July 2021 at 09:52

Walkers Warrington Ales - a common sign around Wigan in my youth - often wondered if they'd been based in St Helens whether they'd have sold anything in Wigan!

Comment by: Mick on 26th July 2021 at 10:06

Helen its not Dennis its Denn

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 26th July 2021 at 11:14

No, it's Dennis Mick, half of my name seems to have gone missing for some reason.

Comment by: Pat McC on 26th July 2021 at 12:25

I agree with you Helen, there's a warmth about the colour of the brick. Lovely. I like the names of these old pubs too; they've got character.
Thank you Dennis, great photo.

Comment by: Ray on 26th July 2021 at 13:22

Gary, Greenall Whitley was a large brewery from St Helens and had
plenty of pubs in and around Wigan. Mines a pint.....Cheers.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 26th July 2021 at 17:35

HoT, I'm sure red bricks are a commonly used building material UK and Europe wide, not only in Wigan.
A small-minded statement always says Wigan for me.

Comment by: Gary on 26th July 2021 at 18:14

Ray - thanks for that. I'd forgotten they were St Helens based, but it wasn't advertised in their wording!
Does anyone remember their attempt at lager? Grunhalle?
I'd buy a pint of bitter or mild for you Ray, but not the lager!!

Comment by: TerryW on 26th July 2021 at 20:01

Mick, stop trying to cause trouble.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th July 2021 at 20:19

Greenall's bitter was absolutely awful Gary, I know some folks liked the sour taste, but I thought it tasted as though it had been drunk three times already. Grunhalle wasn't that bad especially when it was served ice cold on a hot summers evening, it also had a pleasant nutty roasted malt flavour. Greenall's took over the majority of the ex Magee's pubs in Wigan didn't they, and also did a TV ad Greenall Whitley Land This in opposition to the Tetley Bitter Men TV ads An excellent pint of Tetley bitter was to be had at The Park Hotel though I'd rather have had a pint of Tartan bitter at the Market Hotel or a pint of original Boddington's bitter at the Whitesmiths.

Comment by: Pw on 26th July 2021 at 20:24

I remember the Greenhalls brewery in Warrington,but I never liked any Greenhalls draught beers and the Grunhalle lager put me off lager for life.There were quite a few of their pubs in Hindley and the Travellers Rest was where I had my first illegal under age pint and it was terrible.Walkers was more to my taste but the Bird in Hindley became my local and that was a Lions pub(Matthew Brown)and plenty people thought that it was an acquired taste,everyone too their own.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 27th July 2021 at 00:30

Robert Cain's, Liverpool, is one of the nicest bitters I've ever tasted.
Greenalls is definitely one of, if not THE, worst.

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