Photo-a-Day (Sunday, 27th March, 2022)
Photo: Dennis Seddon (Sony DSC-WX500)
Yes,it's being converted into apartments but they have kept the glass lettering of 'Walker's Warrington Ales.' They have done a great job,I never imagined the building would be restored.
I remember The Royal well, although I never went in, being a child, but I can recall walking past with my schoolfriend and her Mam one night in 1963 and there was a group on inside singing "Twist and Shout" and we stood outside and listened to it. I was still at Ince Central Primary School and we were all mad about The Beatles! I seem to remember the pub had a big lamp hung over its door, and at one time it was a store-room for Robinson's Antiques. Isn't it odd the memories a photo can bring back?....I was suddenly ten years old again when I saw it! I'm glad the building is still there and being put to use. Thankyou Dennis.
It looks very nice smartened up. I always wondered if my grandfather ever stepped over the threshold as he lived in Caroline St. I wonder if it's haunted as well it's a good age
Glad they have kept some of the original features.
I haven't ever been inside here but lived nearby as a child.There is also a photo on 'characters of Ince' today of this.The band 'Five by Five' in a photo,can remember seeing them at 'Double 7' youth club in Patricroft Road.x
Nice stone windows, just a nice looking building. Nice its been given a new lease of life.....NOTE to WMC.....it can be done, demolition is not always the right way to go.
I initially didn't recognise it. It's amazing what a sandblast and new fittings can do, well done the owners for renovating and preserving this pleasant building which was once so very neglected and ramshackle.
Couldn't agree more Helen !x
Well said. Helen.
My cousin used to work here when Jack Robinson the Antique man had it, he used to tell me the place was full of mice and rats.
I think if Wigan council had announced plans to do the place up by spending Wiganworld PAD members money all help would have broke loose.
Syd, demolition a fine looking building just because of some rats ?....Seems to me WMC is much in need of a rat catcher....we still have them here in the back & beyond in Nth Norfolk, perhaps some would come up & sort it for you in the Shires of Wigan?
Can anyone tell me just what WMC had to do with this building and it's refurbishment.
The building was bought and being restored by a member of an Ince family and a good job in keeping the original facade.
It was John Robinson who demolished what was the long concert room part of the pub and replaced it with the eyesore at the end of Pickup St.
I must say it was in a really bad state, I would never have thought it could be brought up to that standard.
The Robinson's wouldn't have had any mice or rats in their buildings, as they wouldn't want them gnawing and destroying expensive antique furniture - would they.
Helen of Troy, apparently Wigan Council still do have a pest control team, however with the prices they are now charging I'd rather go online to buy and do the treatments for a whole lot less.