The photo id for this photograph is 1643, in the Public Houses album.

Quiet Woman

Photograph added 1st August 2018


Comment 1

Left by R. S-S on the 13th August 2018

In the book Whaley Bridge in old picture postcards by Robert and Pamela Pierce there is a postcard dated 1908 looking down Chapel Road towards Horwich End. This is part of what they say:

“On Old Road, off right, a public house, The Lamp and Salmon, occupied premises situated in the terrace on the left hand side of the road”.

I have no idea where that name has come from; I have never heard of it and in any event it would seem a misprint. The Lamb and Salmon sounds more likely anyway.

It is quite obviously referring to The Quiet Woman. If you refer to the topic on Friendly Societies on the forum side of this website you will see The Top of Horwich Burial Society was formed there in 1837.

It was obviously quite a small place; much like Mrs Swan's Beerhouse on Whaley Lane was.

Certainly in 1874 it was owned and run by Mrs Bennett.

Perhaps the Friendly Societies should be moved to the History section, Norm.

R. S-S

Comment 2

Left by Norm on the 13th August 2018

There is a trick of using a lamp to catch fish, they sell LEDs now to attract salmon. Maybe it meant that.

Comment 3

Left by R. S-S on the 13th August 2018

Very very interesting, Norm.

I accept your explanation about catching salmon with a lamp as an aid. However, in those far off days, although there is a river at the rear of The Quiet Woman, when there were no controls on polluting the rivers, I find it hard to believe that any rivers or streams were teaming with salmon.

The next thing you will have me believe is that there were hoards of black bears pulling the salmon out at teatime.

Although G Jackson swears he has seen a black bear recently in Whaley Bridge.

R. S-S

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