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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 17th October, 2022)

The Forester’s Arms

The Forester’s Arms
The Forester’s Arms, Shevington Moor, Standish.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Cyril on 17th October 2022 at 07:19

We used the vets across the road for some years and the landlord here would allow customers to park on the pub car park, there are parking restrictions in place around here so it was handy, it was then a dog friendly pub and there were bowls of water placed outside, but the bowls look to have gone so is there a new landlord in the pub? I know the vets is now closed.

Comment by: Julie on 17th October 2022 at 07:42

Looks a lovely pub from the outside, very surprised its surviving at the moment with all whats going on today.

Comment by: Poet on 17th October 2022 at 08:33

The pub has reverted to it's original name after being know as The Silver Tally for a few years . Some good ale to be had and a real fire to sit by as Dennis will no doubt testify .

Comment by: DavidH on 17th October 2022 at 09:00

Use to be my local in the 70s and 80s. I seem to remember that in those days, the sign was spelled with a double R. I spoke about this with the then landlord Ronnie who couldn’t explain why. He suggested that it could be For Resters.

Comment by: Kath H on 17th October 2022 at 09:17

We used to go every Sunday night in the 1980/90s when the Baxendales had it. They were a lovely couple and their pies chips and peas were the best around.

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th October 2022 at 09:55

What a homely-looking pub. I like the brickwork and the slightly uneven roof. I hope it keeps going in these days when so many pubs are closing.

Comment by: Steve on 17th October 2022 at 10:39

The Foresters is or was a friendly society I don't know if there is any connection!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 17th October 2022 at 12:39

It is recorded in the 1925/6 local Directory as The Forresters Arms, when Thomas Sheffield is listed as the Victualler. I see that the sign to the right shows the crest of the Forrester family. Given the various ways many names can be spelled, it's not incorrect to drop an 'r' - but, as far as this pub is concerned, it's out of step with its history. I wonder why they did it it?

Comment by: Veronica on 17th October 2022 at 13:05

It’s a lovely old pub - picture perfect……BUT I am surprised the pavements are Tarmac I would have thought pavements of gold at least in that bespoke village we hear so much of, or the very least stone flags. It’s a very good photo anyway and a nice surprise to see on P@D.

Comment by: Ian on 17th October 2022 at 13:57

The language is changing and new words are being introduced; this also applies to other parts of the language, such as the past tense form of "spell". We are now seeing and hearing past tense forms of certain verbs in two forms, such as: dreamed or dreamt, burned or burnt...
Anyway, I think that the spelling of "forester" is used as this is the spelling of the word we now know.
There possibly was no consideration of the word as a surname, but only as an occupation. Additionally, I feel that it is more appropriate to have the pub's name being associated with the profession rather that a family.
By the way, it is quite usual to leave out the apostrophe on signs and many leave out other words, such as a preposition or determiner.
Funny side of this is, we tend to use "The" when we talk about certain pubs.
By the way, nice photograph and great to know that the " FORESTERS ARMS" has not been lost to something else. Too many of our nice pubs have gone forever.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 17th October 2022 at 18:08

New York was named two times according to Frank, but Shevington was named three times Shevington Moor, Shevington Vale and Shevington Nook.

Comment by: Cyril on 17th October 2022 at 20:25

I see Dennis has put Standish, and Liesbet Lester when at the vets put their address as being Standish, but Mick, does Shevington Moor come under the auspices of Shevington Parish Council or Standish UDC as was.

I always thought the Hesketh Arms was a nicer and somewhat better pub, though it was an original coaching inn, and didn't they find some quite interesting anomalies when turning into a dwelling making it a lot older than was originally thought.


Comment by: Wigan Mick on 18th October 2022 at 07:26

Cyril it comes under Shevington Parish Council.

Comment by: Dave on 18th October 2022 at 08:22

Everyone who lives here would call themselves Standishers .

Comment by: Weather Woman on 18th October 2022 at 09:37

Standish border is at the Charnley Arms, so all those that live here would be wrong to call themselves Standishers Im afraid.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 18th October 2022 at 12:07

The old UD border was the Almond Brook - which is West of the Charnley Arms - and crosses Almond Brook Road at the point it becomes Shevington Moor - opposite Old Pepper Lane. However, the ecclesiastical boundary for Standish is different - it heads off West from the top of the dual carriageway, taking in Chamberlain's Farm, follows the line of the M6 to Boundary Lane and on East to Pepper Lane - thus taking in the Shevington Moor area. Presumably it was drawn thus because the area is detached from Shevington by the thin green belt North of the High School. Historically, of course, all of Shevington was within St Wilfrid's Parish - so even folk from deepest Shevvy can call themselves Standishers if they wish to express pride in their area's past.
Incidentally, Google Earth's view of Shevington Moor mainly dates from 2018 - except for a single shot showing this pub. That shot is dated 2009, and shows the pub before it became to the Silver Tally - when it was named 'Foresters Arms'.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 18th October 2022 at 15:20

Rev Ive seen a few graves of Sheviers in St Wilfrids.
I remember when you could see Almond brook running down along side of old pepper lane and going under a wooden bridge at the end of brookfield road then going along the bend onto Shevingtopn more and then going under the road as it made its way to mill dam wood

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