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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 27th May, 2024)

Church Street, Standish

Church Street, Standish
The Lychgate Pub (Formerly The Black Horse) with The Peace Gate and spire of St Wilfrid’s Church in the background.
The spire is in danger of collapsing onto the church with £400K required for repairs.
Fund raising is eagerly underway.

Photo: Colin Traynor  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Linma on 27th May 2024 at 08:59

Did you pop in for a pint Colin?

Comment by: DavidH on 27th May 2024 at 09:00

Good photo Colin. Not a scrap of litter to be seen.

Comment by: Joyce. on 27th May 2024 at 09:31

The Standish litter pickers do a good job keeping our village clean.
My favourite chippy of all time was at the other end of this street.

Comment by: T. D. on 27th May 2024 at 09:57

Good view of the church and the local pub Colin. The expert report is interesting. 'The church spire will snap off and fall into the knave eventually'

Comment by: T. D. on 27th May 2024 at 10:05

Ooops! Nave.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 27th May 2024 at 10:26

Colin not sure if it’s the angle of your photo but the Spire does look very dangerous. I like the blue skies reminds me of our night out last Thursday ELO tribute band at Manchester .

Comment by: RON HUNT on 27th May 2024 at 10:28

That is a BIG pub

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th May 2024 at 11:17

Joyce, it was Farrimond’s Chippy. They sold the freshest of fish when everyone was selling frozen triangles.
People cam from far and wide, tiny inside and the queues outside were long.
It now a Thai Takeaway.

Comment by: Poet on 27th May 2024 at 11:30

Noticed this morning that the gates of the Lychgate on Rectory Lane have gone missing . Are they in for repair anyone ?

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th May 2024 at 11:33

Linma, I've not been in for many years although it is very nice inside and the food is good.
My favourite tipples are Chardonnay or Spiced Rum and Coke. With the prices charged in pubs these days it more far economical to go to Lidl!!!

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th May 2024 at 11:37

T.D. it might be the angle of the photo but it does look out of kilter with the Peace Gate which looks quite vertical in comparison.
I'll go out this afternoon with my spirit level, they might need that funding sooner than they think!

Comment by: Jane on 27th May 2024 at 11:40


Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th May 2024 at 11:44

John, just posted a comment which was in response to your observation thinking it was from T.D.
ELO, what a band, when we lived in Shevington in the early 80's I was in the garden and heard the music playing from a neighbours garden, I was so taken I went around and asked what was on, of course it was ELO. After that I bought all their albums on vinyl. they went many moons ago but as I type this I am listening to the best of ELO on CD.
Brilliant, thanks for the reminder, doesn't half take me back.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 27th May 2024 at 12:56

What a wonderful blue sky that is.
Forgive me for going off tack Colin but I have to tell someone....in Cromer this morning I saw 2 coaches from....WIGAN !!
I think they were Grayway but it did say Wigan in bold letters on the back of each coach...made my day !

Comment by: Veronica on 27th May 2024 at 13:00

That is some pub! Built when Standish was a village! I bet ALL the villagers could have filled it at one time. Good photo!

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th May 2024 at 13:16

Poet, I took a walk down myself and they are indeed gone!
I waited for the service to end and asked the Lady Vicar what had happened to them, removed for repair or stolen. She did not know that they had been removed and the Rector being away could cast no light on this.
The mystery continues but I shall keep on digging.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th May 2024 at 13:38

Yes it would be Grayway’s Helen. They were probably on a day out from their pilgrimage to Walsingham. We went with Grayways many times around Norfolk. A lovely part of the world.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th May 2024 at 13:43

Poet, I took the following from you pad comment 3rd April 'Saving Colin'.
Now Irene's become a bit apprehensive ,
For the cost of the Ark was getting expensive ,
So she phoned Veronica to ask what to do ,
Who advised her to build a two woman canoe ,
So when the torrent comes bucketing down ,
And all the world looks set to drown
As heaven pours forth it's mighty mire ,
We can paddle around the tip of St .Wilf's spire .
When they got there they saw Colin clinging
To the weather vane clutching his camera and singing ,
" I'm saved . I am saved . Let there be no sorrow !
There can be another PAD tomorrow .
Let there be joy , and let us praise
The two fine ladies who have saved the day " .

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th May 2024 at 13:55

Helen, you should have taken a picture and put it on pad, it was after all a coach from Wigan.
Now that the weather is a bit better, Cromer and Llandudno is where we ship off all of Wigan's old folk, no hill to speak of and yes being one of them I have been checking out their prices which are pretty good!
So next year you might see me and my good lady on a charabanc. I'll be the one with a knotted hankie on my head!

Comment by: Liz on 27th May 2024 at 16:03

Helen I once saw two Grayway coaches at Stirling Castle Scotland.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 27th May 2024 at 16:24

This was my local back in the day when Jimmy and Maureen had it Had some good times in here. I agree about Farrimonds too, best chippy bar none.

Comment by: Linma on 27th May 2024 at 16:31

You’re right Colin, Farrimonds chippy it was and Joe remembered everybody and always had a good word to say to you. Fish/chips, salt and vinegar and a bottle of pop. Favourite was dandelion and burdock.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 27th May 2024 at 17:10

Colin can you recollect a stables or race horse stables on or just off Church Street Standish as my weekend job when I was 18 year old was collecting horse muck from all over Lancashire and Cheshire and delivering to a mushroom farm at Newburgh almost facing the Eden Tearoom and Galleries probably where Chestnut close stands now,albet Veronica has been to those galleries.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 28th May 2024 at 11:37

John (W) I don't recall any stables on or near to Church Street, we do occasionally have horse riders coming down on a Sunday's but where from I am unsure. There is Lark Hill Farm lower down Rectory Lane, high wall and gates, perhaps they are from there, I've never seen behind them.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 28th May 2024 at 18:42

Cheers Colin as no one to ask exactly where but not far from Church Street/Wigan Road junction almost 60 years back.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 28th May 2024 at 21:55

John it might have been Chadwicks butchers, they had a paddock with animals and a slaughter house

Comment by: Linma on 29th May 2024 at 09:09

You’re right Wigan Mick, Chadwick’s did have a slaughterhouse at the back of the shop on High Street.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 29th May 2024 at 11:16

Quite possible Mick but definitely horse manure for mushroom farm I don’t think any other would’ve been acceptable.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 30th May 2024 at 16:37

It might have come from Almonds brewery stables

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