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Caroline Street, Wigan   Views: 632
VINE HOTEL 1952   Comments: 8
Photo: RON HUNT   Item #: 31752  

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Comments by Mr X, 5th January 2020  
Caroline Street in 1952, and this pub, the Vine Hotel that I have never heard of is where Anrich vetinary surgery is now. The only building remaining is the former St Joseph's RC church that has been derelict for 23 years. There used to be another church across the road, St Thomas CE with a spire.

Comments by Rev David Long, 6th January 2020  dave.w.long@icloud.com 
To the rear of St Joseph's, and behind the Anrich Vet's site was St Joseph's Club. As far as I can tell from Google Earth, it was still standing until last year, when its roof was taken off, its walls lowered to around 8', and a ramp built up from the level below, to allow the area to be used as a car park for the vet's staff.
During my research into Wigan's WW1 Memorials, I recently discovered that the Club was actually dedicated in February 1922 as the church's War Memorial to the 84 men of the Parish who were lost in WW1 (Wigan Year Book for 1923). Does anyone have any photographs of that Club?

Comments by Al C., 6th January 2020  
There used to be the Ropemaker's as well on Caroline street, itw as still therein the late 1970's, not sure when it was demolished.

Comments by Maureen, 6th January 2020  
I spent a lot of time in that hall while I was a schoolgirl..we used it for rehearsals and the many plays..The Ropemakers whilst I lived in Wallgate was first owned by our then next door neighbour Barney Callaghan then a giant of a man took over by the name of Paddy King (no prizes for guessing where they originated from ) lol..great people they were too.

Comments by RON HUNT, 6th January 2020  
Mo. I think Paddy King moved up to Smethurst lane in Pemberton I was friendly with his sons Michael and John, Paddy King their dad, as I remember was a BIG MAN Michael was a butcher and I heard he died a few years ago Never seen or heard of John King for years he would be about 72ish now

Comments by Maureen, 6th January 2020  
Thank you for that Ron..I have so many memories of just that street alone..at the bottom left there was a shop that sold prayer books rosary beads etc..how I'd just love to go in there once more..it was called Lathams..lovely days.

Comments by Joe Thomas, 7th January 2020  
There was also coming from the top of Caroline Street in the 1960's on the left the New Inn pub think it sold Swales ale

Comments by Andy C, 8th January 2020  

A link to an earlier thread with more information on Carolins St.

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