Photo: RON HUNT
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That would be Moses Seddon Co about thennservative councillor for St Catharine's WardThe Von Blucher,like the King of Prussia in the town centre had to change its name in the anti German feelings of World War IThe Von Blucher became the Alexandra
the king of prussia was in hallgate opposite the bricklayers & the bay horse the king of prussia yard still exists between hallgate & the parish church
I can't believe this is the place we got engaged in the 60s, when it was the Alexandre.
Renaming pubs because you don't like the history? - just shows how far back 'wokeness' goes....
They changed a lot of German names during the First World War , even the royal family changed theirs to Windsor from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. A friend of mine's dad still called this pub the Von Blucher in the 1960s.
John. And Lord Louis Battenberg became Lord Louis Mountatten - English translation of a German name. PS Battenberg cake gets its name in honour of the family whose colours are pink and yellow.
I suppose they had to change the names as the windows may have been caved in! Changing the name to Windsor couldn't hide the German descent though of the Royal Family even Queen Mary the present Queen's grandmother spoke German throughout her life and her English was with an accent.
My wedding reception was held at the Alexander in the late sixties. It's nearly changed beyond description these days.
I think the pub was the Alexandra maybe in honour of Queen Alexandra wife of Edward the V11 who was of Danish birth.
I believe street names were also changed.
From what I read, it would appear that the Alexandra is no longer a public house. Have many well known public houses in the Wigan area ceased to be licensed public houses?.
Albert - many Wigan pubs have been closed and converted to other uses - or demolished and replaced by housing. I'm sure someone here could give you the list....
Veronica - it may have been re-named after the Alexandra Pit over the road - next to Lindsay Pit. Alexander was a family name for the Lindsay (Balcarres/ Crawford) family - though I've not found an Alexandra Lindsay anywhere.
That does sound right Reverend - I never thought of that. I'm more into Royalty than Pits! ;~)
My mothers uncle had this pub around the 1940/50 time.
Wasn’t there a school, in the near vicinity. I recollect in the late fifties/ early sixties, these were the last property to be checked by the Wigan Borough Beat Bobby, before it became Lancashire Constabulary’s area.
A butchers at the bottom of Caroline St Wallgate was changed from Meinikins to Marsdens.