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#101 Bigtoe

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:35 PM

First time I went in Kiss I was pissed, anyhow I walked in and saw a load of people down in the distance, so had a wander to see what was going on and walked head first into a big mirror on the wall.
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#102 Zozzy

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:36 PM

some of the pubs that have been mentioned:

Rose hill is still going, it is used as the bus drivers' social club. The original one was next to Hick Hargreaves (which isn't there anymore, it is sainsburies supermarket)

The Anchor is still there (the one off Bradshawgate) It isn't trading but has a For Sale sign up.

Morris Dancers closed last week, they are looking for new Landlord.

Ancient Shep was turned into flats. These were tenanted last year, nobody living there now. I think it is empty/being changed into offices maybe now.

Derby Arms on dobble became a doctors surgery, is now a muslim grocery store

Bus Inn has long gone. It was near Th'Ancient Shep and also near Bell Sport shop which also isn't there anymore
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:40 PM

First time I went in Kiss I was pissed, anyhow I walked in and saw a load of people down in the distance, so had a wander to see what was going on and walked head first into a big mirror on the wall.


Benny's was bad for that. Too many mirrors! I thought it was just me did stuff like that. :pardon:
And why was Benny's in such a stupid f?cknig place too?
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:41 PM

Benny's as in the one in Radcliffe?

If so, what a ridiculous place to put a club.
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:44 PM

Benny's as in the one in Radcliffe?

If so, what a ridiculous place to put a club.

That's the one. Wasn't it at the end of an unlit dirt track or have I imagined that?
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#106 Zozzy

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:46 PM

Wanderers players used to go in Bennys in Radcliffe. Peter Reid era
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 12:52 AM

Some more that I've supped in, that I think are no longer there -

Popular - Vernon Street
School Hill Tavern - behind the school that turned into McGinlay's place.
Crofters - bottom of Chorley Old and Chorley New Roads
Sally Up Steps (Stanley Arms) - Chorley Old Road
Railway - Newport Street (where the train station is now)
Wheatsheaf - Newport Street
Wellington - bottom of Deane Road
Nelson - junction of Chorley Old Road and Brownlow Way
Waterloo - bottom of Blackburn Road
Tramways Hotel - Blackburn Road
Black Dog - Halliwell Road

and those are just the ones I can put a name to - plenty others were the name escapes me - such as the one on Bradford Steet (Bradford Arms - or am I getting confused with the road its on?)


...........seems like only yesterday.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:05 AM

Some more that I've supped in, that I think are no longer there -

Popular - Vernon Street
School Hill Tavern - behind the school that turned into McGinlay's place.
Crofters - bottom of Chorley Old and Chorley New Roads-Indian restaurant
Sally Up Steps (Stanley Arms) - Chorley Old Road-Thai restaurant
Railway - Newport Street (where the train station is now)
Wheatsheaf - Newport Street - pound shop type of store
Wellington - bottom of Deane Road - think u mean The Duke now Indian Grocers
Nelson - junction of Chorley Old Road and Brownlow Way - still there but closed at moment
Waterloo - bottom of Blackburn Road
Tramways Hotel - Blackburn Road - turned into offices for let
Black Dog - Halliwell Road

and those are just the ones I can put a name to - plenty others were the name escapes me - such as the one on Bradford Steet (Bradford Arms - or am I getting confused with the road its on?) patly demolished after a fire


...........seems like only yesterday.


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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:12 AM

not strictly a pub,but Pedros on Halliwell road(i'm presuming its gone cos he were an owd cunnt 20 year ago)
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:34 AM

Freddie Frinton. The ultimate portrayal of a pssed up bloke. Hat at a jaunty angle, scarf, and a bent tab hanging out of his mouth. Did he used to say "we've supped some stuff tonight"?


He did. Thanks to NB and Crombie. Brought back some memories that did :good:
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#111 Zozzy

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:47 AM

not strictly a pub,but Pedros on Halliwell road(i'm presuming its gone cos he were an owd cunnt 20 year ago)

Pedro still lives on Halliwell road a few houses down from where he had the wine bar. It's a terraced house straight on to the street no garden, in summer he sits there sunning it in his deck chair.
At first I thought it was the original wine bar that he had converted back into a house but now I'm not sure, it seems a bit lower down the road.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:59 AM

Pedro still lives on Halliwell road a few houses down from where he had the wine bar. It's a terraced house straight on to the street no garden, in summer he sits there sunning it in his deck chair.
At first I thought it was the original wine bar that he had converted back into a house but now I'm not sure, it seems a bit lower down the road.


I didn't know what rough table wine was until I visited Pedros. A Spanish equivalent of the Wood St Social Club.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 03:36 PM

what was the name of that pub down churchgate roughly where the varsity is now,was it the boar's head.
only went in it once before it shut down in the late 80's/early 90's.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 03:46 PM

what was the name of that pub down churchgate roughly where the varsity is now,was it the boar's head.
only went in it once before it shut down in the late 80's/early 90's.



Twas as already mentioned earlier by Thunter
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#115 Burndens Bogs

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 04:02 PM

Va Va was a cracking club, remember Fred Dickie doing the door, it got called Pips in the mid 70s.


It' been a busy little gaff has that - it also got renamed Rotters,Flags,Space City and finally Kiss (as mentioned)
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 05:48 PM

slightly out of town, but didn't the kwiksave, next to the castle on Crompton Way, used to be a club called Bee's Knee's or something similar?
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 06:02 PM

slightly out of town, but didn't the kwiksave, next to the castle on Crompton Way, used to be a club called Bee's Knee's or something similar?


Oh aye, legendary place that was - not for the faint hearted at times :aggressive:
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 06:15 PM

Not been drinking round Bolton for many a long year but used to nip into Prince Rupert from school. And t'Dancers. Shame to hear it's shut.
We used to get bus into town and stop off for a snifter at the Clifton back in the day. First pint was in the Swan, aged about 14 I think. Me, not the pub.

Round here there's pubs closing every month or so. You need to be either decent, well located or feckin' cheap to survive these days.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 06:30 PM

Bees Knees - saw Ben E King and Bob & Earl there
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 06:57 PM

Oh aye, legendary place that was - not for the faint hearted at times :aggressive:

You're not kidding. There was a police presence at chucking out time,so there wasn't any trouble outside the club, but around the corner on Tonge Moor Road, there was a chip shop, known locally as the Greasy Greek, which used to stay open until late. There would be a small riot outside there roughly once a fortnight.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:26 PM

Used to go in " The Aspin" in 69, when i was going out with the owners daughter. We used to call in on a Sunday, and it was still full of pissheads in from the night before. playing cards.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:04 PM

am i blind or have i missed someone posting the king bill facing bunden park ? could never get served before game in there,me.have one of them desperate faces..
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#123 Burndens Bogs

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:17 PM

You're not kidding. There was a police presence at chucking out time,so there wasn't any trouble outside the club, but around the corner on Tonge Moor Road, there was a chip shop, known locally as the Greasy Greek, which used to stay open until late. There would be a small riot outside there roughly once a fortnight.


Oh i dunno, i was driving past in the early 80's and there was a 50-a-side brawl outside, it spread onto the forecourt of the garage (Tom Ashtons) and down Tonge Moor Rd - a coachload of scousers had upset the locals i think.
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#124 bolty58

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:37 PM

The 'Bees Knees'started out as The Casino Club. Used to have beltin soul nights there offset against the Palais (same crowd, same Dj's etc). Was really good then; any agro was a small flare up usually involving some bloke not being happy about his bird being eyed/touched up - started to go downhill though and became the Bees Knees.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:59 PM

come on lads, what about.....

the ancient shepherd

Aye that was rough :drinks: :rofl:
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