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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 29th June, 2022)

Fifteen


Fifteen
Number Fifteen, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 2,232

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 29th June 2022 at 04:07

I'm glad I emigrated forty years ago.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th June 2022 at 07:10

I had to google this to see where it is. It's nice to see the old red telephone boxes. I imagine public phone boxes are almost redundant these days with seemingly everyone possessing a mobile phone.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2022 at 08:08

15 Whereabouts Lane Somewhere Inn
WIGAN
LANCS
WN ???
Could this be off Dicconson Lane?

Comment by: James Hanson on 29th June 2022 at 08:17

Its good of them to install the his & hers telephone box latrines.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th June 2022 at 08:29

Ormskirk Road Pemberton, Veronica. I only know because I googled it.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2022 at 09:05

Before JH jumps in I meant Dicconson Street, not Dicconson Lane in Aspull

Comment by: Ian on 29th June 2022 at 09:21

For the people wondering where this is. This is on the corner of Upper Dicconson Street and Dicconson Terrace, Wigan. The trees, which can be seen, are on Dicconson Terrace. Almost directly facing the opposite end of Dicconson Terrace is the The Royal Oak, which is on Standishgate.
I think, this building (now a bar/pub) used to be owned by a doctor and just behind the building (once a home) was the doctor's practice, which is where the nearest tree is.

Comment by: Jack on 29th June 2022 at 09:49

It was the home of Dr Graham, whose surgery was at the side.

Comment by: Roy on 29th June 2022 at 10:01

Correct Ian, that was my Dr's many years ago. Correct name is Fifteens of Swinley, it is actually a residential hotel as well as a 'pub'

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 29th June 2022 at 10:09

We were discussing this bar in my local on Monday - its had a few names over the years when Barry Philbin moved into it from the Royal Oak it was named Gems (after his daughter I believe) - was also named 'Crockers' at one time, and once had a Chinese upstairs - BUT what was its first name as bar?

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 29th June 2022 at 10:18

Ian has the right of it. Sorry I missed putting the location on when I sent the photo in.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th June 2022 at 10:25

Sorry everyone....my mistake. I just googled "number fifteen Wigan" and a place in Pemberton came up....obviously a different "number fifteen"! I'll just put the dunce's cap on and stand in the corner of the classroom.....see you all at playtime!

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 29th June 2022 at 10:27

This is one of Tony Callaghans pubs. He bucks the trend these days as he's actually opening pubs up instead of shutting them.

Comment by: Tony L on 29th June 2022 at 10:35

Ian, I think you are right about it originally being a doctor;s home/practice.
It became Crocker's restaurant in 1981, and then couple of years later 'Young Ronnie', the son of Ronnie and Betty Adikhuri of 'Sweaty Betty' fame, had it is an Indian restaurant.
Circa 1987/88 Barry Philbin opened it as Gems pub, and it has been a pub'bar ever since.

Comment by: Stan on 29th June 2022 at 11:40

Veronica WIGAN not in Lancs, wish it still was.
Greater Manchester now.

Comment by: John on 29th June 2022 at 11:41

It was Doctor Scannel who lived there or at least had the practice at the side in the 1950s

Comment by: Elizabeth on 29th June 2022 at 13:38

Used to go in here when it was 'Gems' on a Friday dinnertime,when I worked at the Valuation office,it was really good.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2022 at 13:43

Officially not Lancs Stan but I always state LANCS …because I’m a ‘Lassie from Lancashire’.
Not Grrr Manchester!

Comment by: Maureen on 29th June 2022 at 13:58

I went here dome years ago when one of our School friends who had won a million on the lottery wanted a reunion of all our class who made their first communion together..it was a great night..one of the teachers rolled up and remembered everyone of our names...the lucky million pound winner then went back to Australia where she's chosen to live.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th June 2022 at 14:10

I will NEVER put "Greater Manchester" as my address and have never had a letter, either sent to me or from me to someone in Wigan, , that hasn't reached its destination. I don't eat Greater Manchester Hotpot or Greater Manchester Cheese, and I certainly don't live there. Nobody took a blind bit of notice when the "boundaries" were changed. As far as most of us are concerned we still live in Lancashire. and always will, (so theer!) xx

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2022 at 14:33

I don’t blame your friend Maureen it always sounds a much better life in Oz than here.

Comment by: Brian B on 29th June 2022 at 15:17

Stan, the county of Lancashire still exists, the local government act of 1972 did not abolish traditional counties, and Wigan is still in Lancashire!! Greater Manchester is not a county it's "county" status was abolished in 1986 it is just an administrative district.Just to confuse things Manchester and Liverpool are in the county of Lancashire. Data from the friends of real Lancashire flyer. Did someone say hornets nest??

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 29th June 2022 at 15:26

I absolutely refuse to give my address as Greater Manchester.
I live in LANCASHIRE, always have and always will.
Royal Mail don't care - they are only interested in postcodes.

Comment by: Owd Reekie on 29th June 2022 at 15:26

This was a doctor’s surgery until at least 1972 when the doctor died in tragic circumstances. He was my own family doctor and, at that time, Upper Dicconson Street had several doctors’ surgeries. He had identical twins who were at Wigan Grammar School at the same time as myself. We all left Summer 1972 and their father died shortly after. It would be inappropriate to mention names but I hope the boys went on to have meaningful lives.

Comment by: Maureen on 29th June 2022 at 15:40

I agree Veronica,Lizzie from WW went there as a youngster,they used to live near St Marie's church its a lovely area and they had a lovely house but they still went and she loves Oz..

Comment by: Syd Smith on 29th June 2022 at 16:33

I love Manchester tarts and I think Australia is rubbish, the place is way to hot and it full of annoying flies and lots of other stuff that will kill you if given half a chance

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2022 at 17:12

According to my friend in Perth it’s quite cold at the moment as it’s Winter there. But they certainly have a wonderful life down there.

Comment by: John Noakes on 29th June 2022 at 17:24

The "I always put Lancashire" comments are pointless, as whatever 'you' put doesn't count in reality. Neither Greater Manchester or Lancashire are actual postal addresses. Wigan is not in the county of Lancashire and hasn't been since the early 1900's. Now in Orrell, I originate from Ormskirk, which was in Lancashire and still is.

Comment by: Ian on 29th June 2022 at 17:37

Didn't need to Google it, because I grew up in this area.
As a school kid, I had a newspaper round and delivered newspapers to houses in Dicconson Terrace, Upper Dicconson Street, Dicconson Street, Acton Street, Clifton Street, Scarisbrick Street, Charles Street, Lord Street, Duke Street, Swinley Road, Swinley Street and the rest of the streets in this area. Certainly a lot of newspapers for the extra money, but an enjoyable time and an introduction in to earning an income for doing a regular job.
I've also had a number of drinks in the place.

Comment by: Maureen on 29th June 2022 at 18:38

Syd,don't forget the kangaroo that could give you a nasty thump..the koala bear that will growl loudly at you..and you might get hit on the head with a boomerang so on and so forth lol.

Comment by: Uncle Eucalyptus on 29th June 2022 at 20:29

Hey Syd was you riding a bike upside down whilst in Australia, if you'd have got nipped with a dunny spider you wouldn't have been able to sit on a saddle.

was it you that used one of the telephone boxes as a toilet James Hanson, whoever, they were caught on camera.

Comment by: Jack on 29th June 2022 at 22:51

John. Dr Scannell ‘s house and surgery was on the opposite side of the road. It later became the Charles Dickens pub.

Comment by: John on 30th June 2022 at 11:20

Jack, o.k., I must have got the two doctors' practices mixed up. After all, it was a long time ago!

Comment by: Jack on 1st July 2022 at 16:11

John. Dr Scannell ‘s house and surgery was on the opposite side of the road. It later became the Charles Dickens pub.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 3rd July 2022 at 21:58

Jack , just remind us once more , where precisely was Dr Scannell’s house and surgery located ?

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