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ABBEY LAKES UPHOLLAND

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Pleasure Gardens
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 33099
POSTCARD SHOWING A BUSY DAY AT THE PLEASURE GARDENS. FROM 100 YEARS AGO.

Comment by: Edna on 20th April 2021 at 21:37

This is where my brother met his wife, dancing when she was 16. They have just had their 64th wedding anniversary. Thank you Ron for photo.

Comment by: Mr X on 20th April 2021 at 23:09

The Abbey Lakes hotel is on the boundary between Wigan and Lancashire and used to be a bus terminus for Wigan Corporation and later GMT while the Ribble buses continued to Ormskirk and Southport.

Comment by: A.W. on 21st April 2021 at 09:33

Abbey lakes could be accessed Wigan Corporation Trams between around 1906 and 1931 when the bus service took over. The pleasure grounds once had a small zoo, tennis courts and boating lake amongst other attractions. the dance hall was built in the 1920's and is now a Keep Fit Gym establishment. In the early 20th C. the Oranges Lodges of Liverpool would travel out to Abbey Lakes en masse for a day out. After a few pints some of the rowdier elements would go to UpHolland College, a priest training college at the time and cause trouble.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 21st April 2021 at 11:58

Edna. May your brother, and his wife progress to their platinum wedding. God bless each of them.

Comment by: Edna on 21st April 2021 at 13:12

Thank you so much Albert.They are waiting for the arrival of their Great Grandchild next month.x

Comment by: susan boardman on 25th April 2021 at 06:46

i remember my mum telling me that there was a small zoo in there and someone killed the monkeys by throwing a box of laxatives in the cage dont know if it was true

Comment by: J.W on 26th April 2021 at 09:08

Susan I heard the story about the monkeys and the laxatives, I was told it they were a particularly strong type of laxative lozenge made and sold from a house in Wigan, they were called "Dawson's Squares". Not sure if they actually killed the monkeys but I was told they were swinging round the cage ejecting large quantities of diarrhea.

Comment by: Maureen on 8th May 2021 at 09:46

I spent many Saturday nights dancing there,it was a grand place..one night I went with a group of friends..it was Winter time,when we were ready for home discovered that all buses were cancelled because of a heavy downfall of snow..so off we trudged all the way home,to Wallgate as my friends were staying for the night..I will never forget that night as long as I live..we were froze to death.

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