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George & Dragon - Whelley - Then and Now
Photo: Ian
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Item #: 17626
Scholes Malc's George & Dragon Pub photo on the corner of Perch Street and Wigan Road, Whelley. Half of the houses on Perch Street are still here today along with the house at the bottom on Northumberland Street, the tree blocks some of the view however you can see the white stripes on the front of the houses above the windows.

Comment by: Ken Smith on 21st April 2011 at 12:36

This photo must have been taken after 1900 because the lines for the tramcar can be seen

Comment by: stemul on 23rd April 2011 at 16:22

To the right of the pub, where the wide grass verge is, was there a bowling green ?

Comment by: DerekB on 23rd April 2011 at 21:11

Stemul, I was born in this area. There was no bowling green to the right of the pub and fronting the road. At the time it was all terraced houses/shops. However, in th picture there is a sign immediately behind the old gaslamp and below the pub name saying that there is a bowling green available. Presumably, it was behind the pub.

Comment by: roy thompson on 24th April 2011 at 01:58

the bowling greens where across the street to the right

Comment by: ken on 25th April 2011 at 01:01

Derek B. Roy Thompson is right on this, the bowling green was on the other side of the street. My memory let me down on the Whelley photo but I am sure on this. I think the landlords name was Oakes when I was young.

Comment by: DerekB on 25th April 2011 at 15:58

Ken, thanks for your comments of 25/4. I left Whelley when I was eight years old, but because one set of my grandparents lived in Ellis St, I visited on a regular basis until I was in my mid teens. Can you or anyone else make out the name of the pub's brewery in the photo? Although I never had a drink in there, I seem to recall that in the years before it was closed/demolished it was a Walkers house.

Comment by: ken on 25th April 2011 at 22:56

Derek B. It was Oldfields before it was Walkers.I think Walkers took over a lot of Oldfields pubs.

Comment by: Vicky on 26th April 2011 at 10:41

Ken, that ties in with my great great grandad Robert Ainscough being landlord in 1911, his daughter and son in law took over after his death in 1924, they were Fanny and Henry Oakes.

Comment by: Steve Brennan on 3rd May 2011 at 16:16

Bowling Green definately to the right across the road. Is that the Newsagents on the opposite corner (Ted's) I think..I had a paper round there for a few years

Comment by: upthetims on 17th May 2011 at 00:48

The land to the right was definitely the Dragon bowling green,situated between Perch St and Bedford St.Bob Oakes was the landlord in 50's and early 60's,then Dick Cartwright took over,followed by Jimmy Wharton

Comment by: Deana darbyshire on 28th April 2012 at 17:59

My grandad was Dick Cartwright and his wife (my grandma) was Nellie, spent a lot of time at that pub and I have loads of good memories. Yes the bowling green was on the right you had to cross the street to get to it. It was very popular in it's time.

Comment by: Lisa O'loughlin on 1st March 2014 at 10:33

I was born in the George in 1971. Jimmy and Irene Wharton are my mum and dad and where the landlord and landlady from the late 60s until 1973. Lovely to see the photograph.

Comment by: Dave Stephens on 19th April 2015 at 14:08

The bowling green was definitely on the other side of the street. I was brought up just a bit further up on Whelley. Number 84 and the house is still there. In the late 50s\60s along with the Pagefield the George was a top venue for crown green bowling handicaps in Wigan and my dad used to take me to watch the top bowlers playing for quite tidy sums of money in those days. I knocked around with the young Bobby Oakes, the landlords son, for a time.

Comment by: John Stazicker on 23rd December 2018 at 22:41

I was born next door to the George & Dragon in 1957 i was my grand parents house no 35 Shelley

Comment by: Mike Ashurst on 4th May 2020 at 16:02

Used to be my dad's local in 1960s - Bob Ashurst- lived in Vine Street- anybody remember him?

Comment by: Mike Ashurst on 4th May 2020 at 16:02

Used to be my dad's local in 1960s - Bob Ashurst- lived in Vine Street- anybody remember him?

Comment by: Ann on 24th October 2021 at 08:27

Does anyone remember a landlord called Alan, wife Dorothy must have been after 1973, can't recall surname but I used to know their daughter Andrea

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