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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 24th July, 2021)


Albert’s, School Lane, Standish. Formerly “The Beeches”.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 24th July 2021 at 07:22

Formerly the home of Almond family who owned the local brewery
Formerly a military hospital during WW1.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th July 2021 at 07:29

That looks like a very posh place Dennis. Nice building, extension in keeping. Things can be done well if you try.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th July 2021 at 09:08

It looks a lovely place. I remember my grand daughter going there last year for her birthday with friends. Very posh. How interesting the main building was a hospital during the 1st WW. What stories that could tell....

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th July 2021 at 09:17

I went in there once when it was "The Beeches" on a works-meal but have never been in since it became Albert's. However, I heard good reports about it pre-lockdown. It is certainly an attractive building and I hope it will have continued success now we are getting slowly back to normal.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 24th July 2021 at 10:21

Veronica, it was "Woodlands 3" - the others being The Woodlands (now gone - beside Plantation Gates, opposite the Infirmary), which was "Woodlands 1", and The Mariebonne nearby, which was "Woodlands 2". There's a small brass plaque in the Parish Church commemorating the laying up of the flags for 1 and 2, and a larger stone tablet in St Wilfrid's for 3.
I have lists of all those who worked at these hospitals - many of whom were the mothers and sisters of officers who were in the 5th Manchesters.

Comment by: Pat McC on 24th July 2021 at 10:27

Sorry to disagree Helen. I think the extension is horrible. I'm not disputing the quality of food, service, etc in the restaurant, but to build a square box onto the side of such a beautiful building - a no no for me I'm afraid.

Comment by: PeterP on 24th July 2021 at 10:46

Getting back to normal plenty of empty spaces. Drove past a few weeks ago and people were queueing for tables. Not had a pint/meal anywhere this year I dont think I have missed much.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th July 2021 at 12:29

Thanks for the information Rev David. I've read many books about the nurses in the First WW. They all seemed to be well connected girls and ladies. One I especially liked was ' Roses of No Man's Land' by Lynn McDonald. Others actual experiences not forgetting Vera Britain's book ' Testament of Youth'.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th July 2021 at 13:53

Pat, I should have looked more closely....at first glance I thought the extension was brick & stone...thanks for pointing it out to me. Bang goes my theory that you can do things better if you try !

Comment by: Edna on 24th July 2021 at 21:17

We were here for my niece's wedding, when it was the Beeches,a number of years ago, and recently after the funeral of my sister in law. When it became Albert's. I think I preferred the Beeches.

Comment by: john on 26th July 2021 at 09:21

bad chips

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