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The Old Engine, Gathurst Road, 2005   Comments: 10
Photo: Rev David Long   Item #: 30752  
The Old Engine, Gathurst Road, 2005

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  Demolished July 2011, and replaced by nondescript houses.  

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Comments by B., 18th September 2018  
A pint of bitter please, half and half.

Comments by Dave, 18th September 2018  
Better let nondescript houses than leaving an empty building to rot and become an eyesore for ages.

Comments by jack, 18th September 2018  
Correct Dave. Or demolish it and do nothing as per The Stork at Marsh Green.

Comments by Jarvo, 19th September 2018  
It wasn't always empty...

Comments by English Electric, 19th September 2018  
Back in the 1970s I remember seeing buses leaving Wigan town centre to "Kitt Green Old Engine" (think it was the 611 back then).

I sometimes wondered what this mysterious "old engine" was and why a bus would go there. Now I have the answer, and presumably the bus stop in front of the pub in the picture was its terminus.

Comments by Pete Barker, 19th September 2018  
My late little brother and I, used to sometimes sit on the front steps to The Old Engine pub in the early 1960's when we lived on Cambridge road. We used to catch the bus from outside there to school to St Josephs initially, then to St Cuthberts. Sad to hear the pub has now gone, and probably Orrell Royal British legion club too which was just over the road ? As kids we even did daft things like run across all the lanes of the then newish M6 . Traffic was very light in those days. days.

Comments by fred foster, 19th September 2018  ff001a5024@blueyonder.co.uk 
The old engine in question was a stationary one, used to pump water from a mine

Comments by Bill Kenyon, 23rd September 2018  wmkenyon@hotmail.com 
Back in the 60's this was the first place I ever had chicken in the basket and they gave you plastic gloves to wear while you ate!

Comments by Stemul, 26th September 2018  
PETER BARKER , would that brother be Christopher Barker ?
If so , he was a classmate of mine at St. Cuthberts.

Comments by Pete Barker, 26th September 2018  
Yes mate, my late little brothers name is Chris. There is a pic of him (and others) doing his First Holy Communion at St.Cuthberts on this very website.

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