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Frog Lane, Wigan


Off Licence
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Does anyone know where this was? I have a feeling it was somewhere opposite All saints School?

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd October 2021 at 12:42

I remember one like it at the bottom of Higham St in Scholes. It always looked dark and forbidding as if they were hiding something! I never saw anybody going inside... another one at the top of Cambridge St as well but not quite as dark looking as the one above. This was in the fifties, I used to go for a jug of ale sometimes for my mam and dad, maybe they shouldn't have served children.... must admit the outdoor licences always looked very clean looking.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 3rd October 2021 at 13:25

Was the Oldfield Brewery in Millgate?. I remember a Wigan Borough Police detective, Fred Manley, acting on information received, many years ago, arresting a chap, about 5am, rolling a barrel of beer, out of a brewery in Millgate.

Comment by: Cyril on 3rd October 2021 at 15:54

Ron, according to the list of Oldfield Brewery pubs and off licences, there was an off licence of theirs at number 85 Frog Lane.

Comment by: John on 3rd October 2021 at 17:59

Cyril, thanks for the link. Oldfields certainly owned some of the most well-known Wigan pubs.
Albert, The Oldfield brewery was in Poolstock. Just a little bit further up Poolstock towards Wigan than the labour club and its various successors. There are now modern houses on the site.

Comment by: Cyril on 3rd October 2021 at 19:34

John and Albert, Gaffer posted a map showing Oldfield's brewery Poolstock on a discussion thread about it.

Ken Smith also put on this list of Oldfield's houses and tenants, and saying with another two pages to follow, but I can't find them so he probably didn't get around to putting them on.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th October 2021 at 09:39

What was the name of the brewery in Millgate?. The name of the detective that I mentioned was George Manley, not Fred.

Comment by: cindy on 4th October 2021 at 10:46

Moor fields was the Brewery on millgate, Behind the Green curtain,
Oldfieds Brewery was were Thompsons food supplies was. Next to the then New Poolstock Labour club.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th October 2021 at 11:24

Thank you cindy. When did these breweries cease production. At one time there were some really tip top beers, and ales produced. I always enjoyed Almonds, of Standish. A lovely nutty taste. White Horse, Standishgate.

Comment by: Carolaen on 4th October 2021 at 12:06

Albert Almonds was indeed delicious but it had a reputation for deteriorating the further away from the brewery you went. The Boars Head had a very good pint.

Comment by: DerekB on 4th October 2021 at 13:45

They used to sell Moorfields beers in the Bodega on King St. I should say tried hard to sell it!! No-one would willing ly drink it a second time.

Comment by: AH on 4th October 2021 at 15:44

john ; correct , the brewery became thompsons wholesale warehouse ,growing up in poolstock in the 50s&60s we still called it the brewery. one of the streets in old poolstock was oldfield street

Comment by: Bob on 4th October 2021 at 19:39

Frog Lane only goes up to No73. The 85 you mention is the list number

Comment by: Cyril on 5th October 2021 at 14:06

I hadn't noticed that Bob, thanks for pointing it out.
So it may well have been opposite the Deanery as initially suggested by Ron.

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