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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 18th November, 2023)

John Bull Chophouse

John Bull Chophouse
500 year old building, Cooper's Row, Wigan.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
Views: 1,286

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 18th November 2023 at 07:25

500ys old.....my goodness wonder it hasn't had the chop from WMC !
Lovely old building, long may it stand.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 18th November 2023 at 08:18

I've never been in there but believe it is really nice with a good atmosphere and good, (if loud!) music. That's a lovely photo of it, Brian.

Comment by: Shaun Devlin on 18th November 2023 at 08:53

When did it become a pub? Does anyone remember it as a shoe shop.

Comment by: A.W. on 18th November 2023 at 09:38

Shaun, the cobbler's shop became the John Bull around 1976-77.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th November 2023 at 09:44

It’s good to see these very old buildings being preserved. Even the cobbles with the cart tracks are still there. This row and the Wiend deserve to be treasured and made more of for future generations. I notice the old Georgian house on Millgate is still boarded up awaiting preservation. All those buildings would have been standing at the same time more or less and are a link to our own ancestors.

Comment by: PeterP on 18th November 2023 at 10:14

Walked past this many a time never been inside . Looks well maintained on the outside

Comment by: e on 18th November 2023 at 17:53

How many leaves - have you tempted ,
how many have you scorned,
how many have you welcomed
upon your face adorned .
How many fires have glowed here
whilst snow it turned you white
and you inside supped pleasant
with nose and face now bright .
A coal in fire is humble ,
it welcomes you inside
from the harsh winds outside blowing
a glowing place to hide .
The snow wind hears your noises ,
as you cackle and roar your craic,
But I still see a donkey jacket -
and a sack upon its back ..

Comment by: DTease on 18th November 2023 at 20:14

‘‘Twas the month before Christmas and along Cooper’s Row
The dustbins are full and ready to go
But the dustman was drinking in the Chop House Inn
So the chance of removal was decidedly thin
“A flagon more ale” the dustman cried
For I’m staying in here ‘cos it’s cosy inside
“Nay” said the Landlord “I’m giving thi none”
“There’s no ale fer thee till them bins have all gone”
So up jumps the binman and quick as a flash
He picks up the bins and sets off at a dash
Still carrying the bins he jumps up on his wagon
Then dashes off back to reclaim his flagon

Comment by: Jembo on 18th November 2023 at 21:02

Has anyone tried their chops? :-)

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 18th November 2023 at 22:05

Looks good in the daylight Brian we will probably be paying a visit on our next Christmas do in December.I’m sure we came out of a back door from Moon under water and visited another bar before the John Bull Chophouse in a sort of secluded courtyard can anyone confirm that’s possible?

Comment by: Veronica on 18th November 2023 at 22:31

Two wandering poets have lost their way,
They should have been at Poet’s Corner yesterday.
Is it that the ale is cheaper here,
And fine wine at t’other place is just too dear?…
Probably ….

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