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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 1st June, 2023)

The Dover Lock Inn


The Dover Lock Inn
What a sorry sight the Dover Lock Inn.

Photo: Mike Lavin  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Burt on 1st June 2023 at 06:11

It'll be the locals who set it on fire.

Comment by: Garry on 1st June 2023 at 06:30

Very sad, was a lovely pub in its heyday, but if we don't use them we lose them I'm afraid.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st June 2023 at 07:16

All too common these days. It’s a case of demolish or leave to rot…

Comment by: Sandra on 1st June 2023 at 08:03

Shame about the pubs demain, but it is out the way, I'm really surprised it lasted so long.

Comment by: frank on 1st June 2023 at 08:06

I called in there many a time after fishing on the canal.Shame to see it in that condition through vandalism.

Comment by: Arthur on 1st June 2023 at 08:09

It's inevitable the pubs demise, there's nothing down there in that part of Abram. Next stop is Golborne. Probably boat people on the canal kept in going for a short time, but not much boat people when the covid and pandemic lasted over two years.

Comment by: Alan on 1st June 2023 at 08:13

Never been in but always looked nice and cosy when driving past, a little remote though.

Comment by: T on 1st June 2023 at 08:28

Wants pulling down

Comment by: Wiganer on 1st June 2023 at 08:45

I'm surprised it lasted so long nothing doing in abram, ghost town, the queens next up.

Comment by: Malc on 1st June 2023 at 08:50

Is there any pubs left in Platt Bridge?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st June 2023 at 09:08

When I think back to years past when my children were growing up I could weep. The Dover Lock Pub was always such a lovely sight after a walk along the canal, often with boats moored up in the Summer. It's heartbreaking to see it like this.

Comment by: Alan on 1st June 2023 at 11:56

It's progressive times Irene. I hate the word.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st June 2023 at 12:02

Wiganer, Abram may be a "ghost town" to you, but to us who live here it is a lovely village. We LIKE its quietness. And what's all that in your comment about "The Queens next up" ?? The only "Queens" pubs I know anywhere near Abram are The former Queens in Platt Bridge, where I used to work and the former "Queens" at Bickershaw, both of which have now been converted into apartments. The remaining pub in Abram is The Bucks Head which I haven't been in personally for many years but which I believe does excellent meals.

Comment by: Wiganer on 1st June 2023 at 13:19

Not the queens but the bucks head.

Comment by: John Hetherington on 1st June 2023 at 14:20

We had been warned about a rough sleeping commune that had been using paddle boards and going along the local canal system from Stretford, they'd been observed going through Barton, Worsley and Leigh and along to Abram, and were seen living/sleeping in the vacant Dover Lock pub until a fire in a bedroom grate had got out of hand, they said. They had then gone along the canal and were apprehended trying to break into the Baby Elephant at Gathurst, where, their spokesman said, they wanted to stay during winter, but in the meantime they were found a residence in Shevington. They are now thought to be coalescing with a known travelling gang of felons in order to cause havoc at the upcoming Shevington community fete.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st June 2023 at 14:41

I wonder what sort of Wonderland Wiganer lives in, that he can call a lovely pleasant village like Abram a ghost town and predict the closure of its village pub when none of Abram's own residents are aware of it?! I spy with my little eye something beginning with "SH" .

Comment by: DTease on 1st June 2023 at 14:52

Send for the “Parish Pouncer” John, he’ll sort them out in no time.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st June 2023 at 16:58

Agree Irene! Same t’other day with “rampant Montana in back Council gardens” I just cannot believe a travelling commune has found shelter in Shevvy La. The Parish Council must be on holiday. There will some VIP’s with hunting dogs and big sticks when they hear about this….

Comment by: Wiganer on 1st June 2023 at 17:07

Irene I live in Aspull born and bred. No offence about the Abram, its just my personal opinion, mabe I should have said sleepy place. And sorry about the Bucks Head, I thought it was boarded up.

Comment by: Garry on 1st June 2023 at 17:11

There's a lovely Nature lake in Abram, great walk to take away stress and things on your mind.

Comment by: pie eater on 1st June 2023 at 17:15

Rough sleepers did take over the dover lock pub for a little while.

Comment by: Arthur on 1st June 2023 at 17:32

Did you know there is only one way in to Abram and one way out.

Comment by: Ann on 1st June 2023 at 17:56

Is the Commercial pub still open in Platt Bridge, was on the Council estate.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 1st June 2023 at 18:35

Arthur ,theres three ways in and three ways out

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st June 2023 at 18:40

Wiganer, if you are from Aspull, I apologise as I thought you were someone else. I'm sorry to hear you don't like Abram as I love your village, Aspull. Some of us just like "sleepy" places and don't like to hear the place we call home being called a ghost town. The Buck's Head suffered during Covid but now seems to be doing okay as far as I can see, but these days there is sadly no guarantee for village pubs. Arthur, there's only one way in and one way out of most places, isn't there? I have lived in Abram for 50 years and you either come into it from Platt Bridge and leave it at Golborne, or vice versa. I don't see the need for any more entrances or exits unless I am mistaking your meaning. It's Abram, not San Francisco.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st June 2023 at 19:42

Mick, I haven't spoken to you on photo-a-day for a long time but you are right about the three ways in and out of Abram, now I have had time to think about it. When I'm wrong I will admit I'm wrong, and you are absolutely spot on in what you say. I stand corrected. Thankyou .

Comment by: wigan mick on 1st June 2023 at 20:06

I live in Aspull

Comment by: John Noakes on 1st June 2023 at 20:06

"I have lived in Abram for 50 years and you either come into it from Platt Bridge and leave it at Golborne, or vice versa. "

Irene, you say you live in Abram but it seems you know very little about the place.
As far as I can see, Abram can be entered and exited frpm Bickershaw, Platt Bridge and Golborne.
Wigan council have even put signs there saying "Welcome to Abram", just to let you know where you are.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st June 2023 at 20:43

Thankyou Mr. Noakes. Yes, on thinking about it I realised my mistake after I had commented and have already corrected myself to Wigan Mick. I tend to think of Bickershaw Lane as being in Bickershaw, when of course it is still Abram until you get up near Pear Tree Farm, (or thereabouts). As I said to Mick, I made a mistake and am happy to stand corrected.

Comment by: Wiganer on 1st June 2023 at 20:47

Oh but I do like Abram. I'll take it all back. Its a quiet sleepy village and so glad the Bucks Head is still open.x

Comment by: Arthur on 1st June 2023 at 20:50

Exactly John Noakes. One in and one out.

Comment by: Geoffrey from what was giro city on 1st June 2023 at 20:56

Platt bridge and Golborne in and out, of Abram. full stop.

Comment by: John Noakes on 1st June 2023 at 21:55

Copy and paste the following into your browser and read the sign -

https://www.google.com/maps/@53.5151585,-2.5778865,3a,75y,265.51h,95.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPnH3E3CLRG95voRWMG-Xkg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu

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