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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 22nd October, 2021)

The Fishergate Inn

The Fishergate Inn

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 22nd October 2021 at 02:54

Oh my ! I remember supping a pint or two in there in years gone bye.
Thank you for the memory. Alan

Comment by: Peter on 22nd October 2021 at 08:05

Worst ale in Wigan and not a great atmosphere nowadays, was worse years ago with violence never has been a nice place to go for a pint.

Comment by: Mick on 22nd October 2021 at 08:22

Fishergate a way through, it comes from the Scandinavian influence on the Old English language.
You can see on this photo the partly bricked up arch window that used to be used for residents take their horses around the back to the stables.

Comment by: TerryW on 22nd October 2021 at 08:53

Mick, do you ever give a compliment to anyone who posts a picture?

Comment by: P.G. on 22nd October 2021 at 09:43

Mick, the partially bricked up door was actually part of a house that was incorporated with the Fishergate in the 1990's. It was empty for some time and Campbell from the chemists at Pemberton planned making it into a photographic shop at one time but that never came off.

Comment by: fred on 22nd October 2021 at 10:23

i dont think negative mick ever compliments other peoples photo,s
he,s all for himself and not happy if its not one of his photo,s

Comment by: Jack on 22nd October 2021 at 10:37

Was Ernie Ashcroft ,former Wigan rugby player once the landlord there?

Comment by: Mick on 22nd October 2021 at 11:11

PG maybe it was like you say, but originally it was an entry to the stables at the back of the pub, this is why its the only window with the arch at the top.

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd October 2021 at 11:26

The bricked up entrance does look as if it was another house at one time. It must have been acquired to make the pub larger. The buildings look like late 1800's to me. Very similar to a lot of terraced housing with its red bricks. My first thought was that the pub was enlarged.

Comment by: Nick on 22nd October 2021 at 12:51

I will be in here for a couple tonight. Really good pub .

Comment by: Ray on 22nd October 2021 at 15:10

The Fishergate used to have a connection with the Portsmouth based
lorry drivers of Robert Baillie transport. They would drive up to Wigan
throughout the night and arrive at Baillies depot, formerly the Fyffes
building between 4am and 6 am. The depot manager, Jack McLoughlin
would take the drivers up to The Fishergate where they would have a full
breakfast, then sleep all day. Around 5pm, the drivers would return to
the depot at Wigan, ready to set off back down south through the night.
Us Wigan based drivers would drive the artic lorries during the day to
deliver mainly Guernsey Tomatoes or cauliflowers from Brittany to many
wholesale fruit & vegetable markets throughout Northern England and
Scotland and reload the trailers with 20 tons of canned goods at Heinz
for delivery to London and Southampton.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 22nd October 2021 at 15:35

The two houses to the left have similar archways over their doors. My thought was that the one on the pub was originally a third house and the door was bricked up to make a window in the pub.

Comment by: e on 22nd October 2021 at 16:28

Free to go, behind the wheel ,
Locked and loaded ,
the roads I steal ,
Dust on tyres , not on mine ,
I’m in the distance , not holding line ,
Born of legends , Eagles free,
Some folk stand still,
Just not me..
Forever free Ray ..

Comment by: Terry on 22nd October 2021 at 21:03

Mick you couldnt be more wrong with your nonsense about horses. That window is the only one with an arch at the top because it was originally the front door of the house next door the pub was extended in to. The arch was the fanlight of the door.
There was never any sort of access for horses there.
As PG says Tony Campbell from the chemists in Pemberton owned the house at one stage. I used to live in that row, so I knw what I'm talking about. There was never any sort of access for horses there.
Jack - you are right. Ernie Ashcroft was landlord of the Fishergate from 1984 for a short period of time.

Comment by: Karen on 22nd October 2021 at 21:54

I've never heard anything so daft.
That window used to be the front door of 54 Orrell Rd before they extended the pub into it.
I think Tony Campbells daughter lived there for a while when he owned it.

Comment by: Jack on 24th October 2021 at 12:22

Thanks for that Terry.

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