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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 26th July, 2021)

The Hen Hole

The Hen Hole
The Hen Hole, Gidlow Lane, Wigan.

Photo: Denn  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Helen of Troy on 26th July 2021 at 08:26

You find some intersting buildings Dennis. Red brick always says Wigan for me.

Comment by: A.W on 26th July 2021 at 09:12

My Grandad's favourite watering hole many years ago.

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th July 2021 at 09:35

I had heard of The Hen Hole but never knew where it was. I too love red brick buildings and I love the etched windows even though, as I have told before on here, I once narrowly escaped being covered in glass when one was shattered in a pub in which I was working in Platt Bridge.

Comment by: Gary on 26th July 2021 at 09:52

Walkers Warrington Ales - a common sign around Wigan in my youth - often wondered if they'd been based in St Helens whether they'd have sold anything in Wigan!

Comment by: Mick on 26th July 2021 at 10:06

Helen its not Dennis its Denn

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 26th July 2021 at 11:14

No, it's Dennis Mick, half of my name seems to have gone missing for some reason.

Comment by: Pat McC on 26th July 2021 at 12:25

I agree with you Helen, there's a warmth about the colour of the brick. Lovely. I like the names of these old pubs too; they've got character.
Thank you Dennis, great photo.

Comment by: Ray on 26th July 2021 at 13:22

Gary, Greenall Whitley was a large brewery from St Helens and had
plenty of pubs in and around Wigan. Mines a pint.....Cheers.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 26th July 2021 at 17:35

HoT, I'm sure red bricks are a commonly used building material UK and Europe wide, not only in Wigan.
A small-minded statement always says Wigan for me.

Comment by: Gary on 26th July 2021 at 18:14

Ray - thanks for that. I'd forgotten they were St Helens based, but it wasn't advertised in their wording!
Does anyone remember their attempt at lager? Grunhalle?
I'd buy a pint of bitter or mild for you Ray, but not the lager!!

Comment by: TerryW on 26th July 2021 at 20:01

Mick, stop trying to cause trouble.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th July 2021 at 20:19

Greenall's bitter was absolutely awful Gary, I know some folks liked the sour taste, but I thought it tasted as though it had been drunk three times already. Grunhalle wasn't that bad especially when it was served ice cold on a hot summers evening, it also had a pleasant nutty roasted malt flavour. Greenall's took over the majority of the ex Magee's pubs in Wigan didn't they, and also did a TV ad Greenall Whitley Land https://youtu.be/J46OAfaAu9A This in opposition to the Tetley Bitter Men TV ads https://youtu.be/8b-j5gN_RyA An excellent pint of Tetley bitter was to be had at The Park Hotel though I'd rather have had a pint of Tartan bitter at the Market Hotel or a pint of original Boddington's bitter at the Whitesmiths.

Comment by: Pw on 26th July 2021 at 20:24

I remember the Greenhalls brewery in Warrington,but I never liked any Greenhalls draught beers and the Grunhalle lager put me off lager for life.There were quite a few of their pubs in Hindley and the Travellers Rest was where I had my first illegal under age pint and it was terrible.Walkers was more to my taste but the Bird in Hindley became my local and that was a Lions pub(Matthew Brown)and plenty people thought that it was an acquired taste,everyone too their own.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 27th July 2021 at 00:30

Robert Cain's, Liverpool, is one of the nicest bitters I've ever tasted.
Greenalls is definitely one of, if not THE, worst.

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