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Cherry Gardens


Cherry Gardens.
Photo: Ozymandias.
Views: 3,112
Item #: 27491
Circa 1972.

Photo credit. Gordon Kneale.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 22nd January 2016 at 15:50

great shot of a declining pub

Comment by: Albert. on 22nd January 2016 at 17:21

If you carry on down in the direction from the rear of the parked car, isn't that towards Beech Hill Lane?, and if so is the part where the car is parked, is that still Beech Hill Lane.?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 22nd January 2016 at 17:27

Has there been a keen frost, Oz? What`s that on the pavement middle right?
It`s not very nice when driving. in Spencer Road, towards this roundabout, as it`s difficult to see any traffic approaching from Mesnes Road on your right.

Comment by: Carolaen on 22nd January 2016 at 17:44

I don't know what the Cherry Gardens is like now as its many years since I lived in Wigan, but in the 1960's this was definitely an upmarket pub where you went on special occasions, although my favourite pub (and many other WGS pupils - you know who you are !) was the Bowling Green, which I think is still going but you never know with pubs these days - like the Crown at Worthington!!

Comment by: Dennis on 22nd January 2016 at 18:07

The Driving Examiner used to bring you round here when you were doing your test just to watch you struggle your way around the roundabout.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 22nd January 2016 at 19:54

Albert; car is in Spencer Road and then its Spencer Road W then Beech Hill Ave. See :-

Comment by: Ozymandias. on 22nd January 2016 at 19:58

Are you referring to Ronnie Corbett's Christmas tree Ernest, or the pale coloured elongated entity that bears a passing resemblance to a moribund feline?

Comment by: Tony G on 23rd January 2016 at 01:50

Anyone noticed changing the lamp standards?

Comment by: Helen on 23rd January 2016 at 08:22

I remember Cherry Gardens, near where my grandparents lived in St Clements Road. Doesn't look much different in this pic than it did in the late 1940's.
Ernest, there are leaves on the trees so not a frost, I think its fallen leaves on the pavement ?

Comment by: Rev David Long on 23rd January 2016 at 09:45

The stuff on the pavement is what you'd expect thereabouts - cherry blossom.

I had a Morris Oxford for a while - the first diesel car I owned. It had been converted, and an old, tired 2.5 BMC engine put in. I got so fed up of having to lift the bonnet to squeeze Easistart into the air filter to start it that I rigged up a tube to it from inside the car.

Comment by: Albert. on 23rd January 2016 at 10:46

Thank you Ernest for your response to my question. In the early fifties, I was in the initial stages of being in the R.A.F. One winter's night, on leave, I had a date, and we called in the Cherry Gardens. I asked my date what was her preference to drink. She replied. "I will have a brandy,and baby cham." I nearly collapsed. On leaving, she said to me. "That drink was really warming." I replied " It should have been, it cost more than a bag of coal".I Didn't date her again.

Comment by: Graham Parkinson on 23rd January 2016 at 11:38

I used to live up the road from the Cherries and went in there quite a lot. We always thought it ironic that the landlord was called Waterhouse!!

Comment by: Ozymandias. on 23rd January 2016 at 12:20

I have to say, I admire your ingenuity in dealing with the cold starting problem David. I've gone through many a can of that Bradex Easy Start over the years, usually when struggling to fire up clapped out wagons. That, and holding a burning diesel soaked rag near the air intake, although not both at the same time obviously. I think the main constituent was diethyl ether, but we used to call it ' hurry up juice '. The writing was on the wall when you had to resort to using it though, as you would no doubt have been aware. Regards. Ozy.

Comment by: Garry on 23rd January 2016 at 20:08

Rev Long, Taxi firms in Wigan used to run Morris Oxford diesels, around 1971. If your not used to diesel vehicles you will always have problems. Not start only with easy start means one thing, and thats glow plugs not working. It would have had one per cylinder. Even if one is faulty it would still struggle to start from cold. Always change them all.

Comment by: Garry on 23rd January 2016 at 20:15

Just thought on. Diesel can run back to the tank from the fuel pump, this could be a faulty none return valve fitted on the pump. I had that problem on my Bedford. Try and keep away from cold/easy start, they can get hooked.

Comment by: Vb on 23rd January 2016 at 20:59

Albert your comment made me laugh !!!Fancy asking for a Brandy and Babycham on a first date.....a Babycham yes ...but not both together.

Comment by: Johnny Peters on 23rd January 2016 at 23:17

I had a girlfriend who used to drink Brandy&Babycham.I did date her several times but she eventually got used to half a bitter!

Comment by: Albert. on 24th January 2016 at 16:42

Johnny. At that particular time, I was an aircraftman 2 plonk, not a Flt/Lieutenant.

Comment by: Vb on 24th January 2016 at 19:10

Albert you are a comedian! I am in stitches. ...did you use brylcream. as well ?

Comment by: Albert. on 25th January 2016 at 11:01

V.B. After the Cherry Garden episode. I just about managed to buy a comb.

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