Walks around Horwich in Lockdown

Easter Sunday, 12th April 2020, Day 21 of LockDown.

Our member, Eileen Marsh decided that she had to start a record of this strange time when, due to COVID-19,  we couldn’t see our family or friends, everywhere was closed except essential food shops, it was the perfect time to go on a pub crawl. She didn’t have to queue, it didn’t cost her a penny and she didn’t have a hangover the next day.

She has picked three photographs of pubs which all have special memories for her. She writes:

Old Original Bay Horse

My mum was born in 1929 in Hampson Street which runs down the side of the pub, she weighed in at a mere 2lb and by some miracle survived until she passed away in 2016.  I remember her telling us that her grandma would send her to the pub to get a jug of ale when she was a little girl, could you imagine doing that now.

The Bridge Hotel

In 1973 while our house was being built every Sunday Martin and I would go to have a look at how it was progressing, then we would walk around the corner to the Bridge for a sandwich and a drink. After finally moving in the following year Martin joined the Bowling team and was the greenkeeper for many years. We have lots of happy memories of functions that we have been to there especially my 50th birthday party.

Beeley’s (Toll Bar)

Built sometime in the mid-1800s, was originally called “Toll Gate House”, it’s primary function would have been toll collection but possibly doubled as a beerhouse from the second half of the 1800s.

Our son worked behind the bar there for many years for the landlady Sue Beeley, Sue sadly passed away a couple of years ago and the pub was renamed in her memory.

Thanks for looking