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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

ABC Wednesday: Wellington

Today's post for ABC Wednesday is W for "Wellington". The photo shows the Wellington Inn on Oldham Road.

"Wait a minute!" I hear you cry. "You've put the wrong photograph in - that's not a pub!" Ah, but it used to be the Wellington Inn. However, when no-one could be found to continue to run it as a pub, it was sold to Tesco, who have converted it into one of their local "Tesco Express" shops.

A few months ago I reported on the opening of a Tesco Express on Mossley Road, Tesco's first shop in Ashton for many years.

The pub originally opened, in 1850, as the "Waterloo" but the name was changed a few years later, after the death of the Duke of Wellington. It was one of four pubs in Ashton to bear that name!

I am sure there are many who will mourn the passing of yet another pub, but I have to say that I am pleased with what Tesco have done to the building. It has been smartly refurbished with much of its character being retained. Even the signage has been toned down. I would much rather see this old building looked after and given a new lease of life than see a decaying, boarded-up empty pub.

See Google Street View of this location which, at the time this post is published, still shows what the building was like as a pub.

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"Wellington" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "W" posts from around the world please follow this link.


  1. Mine's a lost Wellington too! I remember years ago this Wellington had a Santa up from one Christmas to the next.

  2. Hello.
    Since I'm not a drinker, I've never been in an English pub. Next time my wife and I return to the UK, I think I'll visit one just to experience the whole pub scene. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

    The Warm Fingers Of Love

  3. I like clever restoration!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team


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