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    Hi All, I'm not too sure if this is the right place to request photos but I would love to see some pictures of an old bar I used to frequent in my youth.

    It was called Wilsons and was on the bottom of Wood Street in town. It would be great to see some pics of either the outside and especially the inside.


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    I bet you were one of the ones who used to sit on that little balcony.
    Did you ever go to Freewheelers too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    I bet you were one of the ones who used to sit on that little balcony.
    Did you ever go to Freewheelers too?
    I did occassionally sit upstairs on the balcony, always on the floor as i remember for some reason.
    I never did go into Freewheelers, I had friends who went but I always went upstairs into Sloanes.
    Was the bouncer there called Mark Thomas? he had spider web tattoos on his elbows, I wonder what happened to him, or Stu who worked behind the bar.

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    I remember the bouncer.Didn't know his name though.
    Freewheelers was great little place ,really laid back. Shame there's nowhere like that in town anymore (don't mention the swan).

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    Sorry got no pics
    Last time I saw Tommo was about 8 years ago not seen his girlfriend Jane from Maghull (big t**s) either!
    Used to play pool in the Wilsons during the day, Milo's bar in the precinct used to be a favorite (remember the sticky carpet) and what about the "Warehouse" some great bands played there.
    In the early days before i had a car or could afford a taxi we used to have to get the last train home to Aintree (anyone remember the two bikers from burscough who would roam through the train shouting about the germans?)

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    Know someone who bumped into Mark Thomas on a PGCE teacher training course Apparently he didnt pass Dont think I would like my kids taught by him.
    Liked Sloanes, Rockfords and Rainfords were also good places but The Wilsons,Milo's and Freewheelers (nightriders) were my favourites.

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    Can't find any Wilsons photo's but got this one of Wood Street circa 1985



    Quote Originally Posted by Devo View Post
    anyone remember the two bikers from burscough who would roam through the train shouting about the germans?
    Don't remember them but do remember a German lad over here despatch riding on a white BMW (R80?) with "Chippy Bomber" written on the side!

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    thanks for the pic.

    I remember some guy called Aurthur who went to Wilsons, he was about 40, maybe late 30's. He drank special brew, always wore combat gear and carried dead birds in his pockets, he was a right weirdo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horseflaps View Post
    thanks for the pic.

    I remember some guy called Aurthur who went to Wilsons, he was about 40, maybe late 30's. He drank special brew, always wore combat gear and carried dead birds in his pockets, he was a right weirdo.
    I'm sure you mean 'Mad Arthur' ... mate of Andy Alehouse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    I remember the bouncer.Didn't know his name though.
    Freewheelers was great little place ,really laid back. Shame there's nowhere like that in town anymore (don't mention the swan).
    There were 2 bouncers Foz ( Foster) and George the Fireman

    Foz later managed Freewheeelers, if you remember the coffin near the Entrance that was when Foz had it.

    Little Sadie took over after him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asbo View Post
    There were 2 bouncers Foz ( Foster) and George the Fireman

    Foz later managed Freewheeelers, if you remember the coffin near the Entrance that was when Foz had it.

    Little Sadie took over after him.
    Was that the Bar Royale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Was that the Bar Royale?
    Nope Freewheelers / Nightriders, but he may have taken over the Bar Royale too, but I wouldn't know it wasn't the place for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asbo View Post
    Nope Freewheelers / Nightriders, but he may have taken over the Bar Royale too, but I wouldn't know it wasn't the place for me.
    Thought Sadie owned the lease on the whole block of Wilsons, Bar Royale Wheelers/Riders? Bar Royale being the gay bar sandwhiched between the two biker places. When he died his sister took over and ran them (more) into the ground and sold bits off? Bar Royale briefly became a sort of punk place with bands like Arcoroc and the Go-Heads playing...this is causing me to unscramble some brain cells to remember the place now!

    Seem to remember a film think it was called Coast to Coast that had Lenny Henry in it using a greatly disguised Wilsons as a location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorhemp View Post
    Thought Sadie owned the lease on the whole block of Wilsons, Bar Royale Wheelers/Riders? Bar Royale being the gay bar sandwhiched between the two biker places. When he died his sister took over and ran them (more) into the ground and sold bits off? Bar Royale briefly became a sort of punk place with bands like Arcoroc and the Go-Heads playing...this is causing me to unscramble some brain cells to remember the place now!

    Seem to remember a film think it was called Coast to Coast that had Lenny Henry in it using a greatly disguised Wilsons as a location.
    Ahh I didn't even know Sadie had died, but not surprised having lost all the rest around there, Val Blundell ( Swan/Marlborough/Peppers ) Clive from the Swan ( and Joan who used to cook ), all nice people.

    That block included the 147 at the back too, because one night it was Peeing down and Sadie let a gang of us through into the 147 from either Nightriders or the Wilsons there was a connecting door, but I can't recall which building.

    Yes you wouldn't think a Gay Bar sandwiched between the 2 biker places wouldn't work would you? But in all my time drinking there, I never heard of any trouble between them.

    I also remember going into Nightriders before it was a biker place. It was a skinhead hangout and its name was something to do with Scotland?
    Wracking my brains and getting 'Swinging Sporran'? but not sure, that was a long time ago, and only went there to see a band ( can't even remember bands name ) but I was in Leathers and the skins gave me no hassle then either.

    In the words of Foz "Happy Days"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asbo View Post
    Ahh I didn't even know Sadie had died, but not surprised having lost all the rest around there, Val Blundell ( Swan/Marlborough/Peppers ) Clive from the Swan ( and Joan who used to cook ), all nice people.

    That block included the 147 at the back too, because one night it was Peeing down and Sadie let a gang of us through into the 147 from either Nightriders or the Wilsons there was a connecting door, but I can't recall which building.

    Yes you wouldn't think a Gay Bar sandwiched between the 2 biker places wouldn't work would you? But in all my time drinking there, I never heard of any trouble between them.

    I also remember going into Nightriders before it was a biker place. It was a skinhead hangout and its name was something to do with Scotland?
    Wracking my brains and getting 'Swinging Sporran'? but not sure, that was a long time ago, and only went there to see a band ( can't even remember bands name ) but I was in Leathers and the skins gave me no hassle then either.

    In the words of Foz "Happy Days"
    It was called the Swinging Apple - there's threads on here about it somewhere but a little before my time. Didn't know about Val - used to frequent the Marlborough a lot including very drunken stay behinds on Sundays with Caesar providing food from his Indian restaurant over the road and Peppers a bit.

    Seem to recall the whole block was connected by little passageways and you could go out the 'Riders fire escape and get into Sloanes and once wandered into the 147 when we got lost! Was George one of the original Wilsons bouncers always wore a suit and had scar on his face?

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    Yes that is George.

    Sorry for the delay in Posting haven't been on much with Chrizzy and stuff

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    fantastic stories guys, brings back loads of great memories.

    This film ' coast to coast' , it sounds intersting (even though lenny henry is in it)
    I will look it up, was it really shot in wilsons ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by horseflaps View Post
    This film ' coast to coast' , it sounds intersting (even though lenny henry is in it)
    I will look it up, was it really shot in wilsons ?
    Seem to remember they kicked everyone out and set up lights so that the balcony was supposed to be the way in and the cast came down the stairs into the main bar as if it were a cellar. Could well be wong though...

    I've still not found any Wilsons photo's - have you? Nearest I've come to it is one of Wood Street (opposite direction from my last one and the Wilsons wall is just visible on the left)!



    And this one of some group of regulars looking pretty drunk (well more drunk than pretty maybe) standing outside the place, the big metal bars on windows were the only way I recognised it.



    Still rooting through old cupboards for more - may yet find some...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorhemp View Post



    Still rooting through old cupboards for more - may yet find some...
    Ah I recognize the faces but don't know the names, did the guy by the girl have a brother that looks like him?

    Also did the guy at the far right ever work behind the bar?

    The guy next to him I saw in the Swan quite a few times, but they were just faces in the bar, same as I was to them

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    Hi does anyone remember Dinos in wood street mid to late 60's great biker hangout was down in cellar just up from the swan (i think) had loads of bikers there. Remember granda reports doing feature on it and had us bikers following thier camera car round town, Happy Days

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmin View Post
    Hi does anyone remember Dinos in wood street mid to late 60's great biker hangout was down in cellar just up from the swan (i think) had loads of bikers there. Remember granda reports doing feature on it and had us bikers following thier camera car round town, Happy Days
    Before my time, but I was told ( don't know if its true ) that there was a biker gang in the 'pool in the late 50's early 60's called 'The War Pigs'.

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    great pic.........i recognise the tall guy, was he in a local band ?

    keep em coming!


    Im having trouble tracking down a copy of Coast to Coast, I've checked all the torrent sites, ebay and amazon....but i'll keep digging
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    Quote Originally Posted by H_Asbo View Post
    Ah I recognize the faces but don't know the names, did the guy by the girl have a brother that looks like him?

    Also did the guy at the far right ever work behind the bar?
    He was always getting mistaken for a guy called Andy who at one time DJ'd in the Riders, and don't think the guy on the end ever worked the bar.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmin View Post
    Hi does anyone remember Dinos in wood street mid to late 60's great biker hangout was down in cellar just up from the swan (i think) had loads of bikers there. Remember granda reports doing feature on it and had us bikers following thier camera car round town, Happy Days
    Wow got to know more about that! There's a guy who used to post to this forum, ex 60s Liverpool Biker (complete with Triton) who'd probably know - think he still posts to a group called scouse bad lads so will try to message him there.

    Quote Originally Posted by horseflaps View Post
    great pic.........i recognise the tall guy, was he in a local band ?

    Im having trouble tracking down a copy of Coast to Coast, I've checked all the torrent sites, ebay and amazon....but i'll keep digging
    Yes they were a local band around late 80s early 90s, and I hope I'm right about what film it was! Those cheap cans of Breaker had a way of altering memories!

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    Coast To Coast - Pub Scene?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn4UH22pAiY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorhemp View Post
    Seem to remember they kicked everyone out and set up lights so that the balcony was supposed to be the way in and the cast came down the stairs into the main bar as if it were a cellar. Could well be wong though...

    I've still not found any Wilsons photo's - have you? Nearest I've come to it is one of Wood Street (opposite direction from my last one and the Wilsons wall is just visible on the left)!



    And this one of some group of regulars looking pretty drunk (well more drunk than pretty maybe) standing outside the place, the big metal bars on windows were the only way I recognised it.



    Still rooting through old cupboards for more - may yet find some...

    rooting in New Zealand and Australia means something else, enjoy your time in the cupboard , LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmin View Post
    Hi does anyone remember Dinos in wood street mid to late 60's great biker hangout was down in cellar just up from the swan (i think) had loads of bikers there. Remember granda reports doing feature on it and had us bikers following thier camera car round town, Happy Days
    hi Jimmin105174, I remember Dino's well. but every time I try to post my reply to you, I am told, I am not logged in. so I don't know what ya do about that, any mods reading this, I have given up after three attempts. No problem posting this quote though. Jimmin I have tried and tried to post my memories of Dino's, even opened it in a new topic, it's done now it's sorted so have a read.
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    Regular in the Wilsons 1981.



    This pic was taken in Ireland in 1981, the hair and ciggies may have gone now, but i still drink Snakebite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorhemp View Post
    It was called the Swinging Apple - there's threads on here about it somewhere but a little before my time. Didn't know about Val - used to frequent the Marlborough a lot including very drunken stay behinds on Sundays with Caesar providing food from his Indian restaurant over the road and Peppers a bit.

    Seem to recall the whole block was connected by little passageways and you could go out the 'Riders fire escape and get into Sloanes and once wandered into the 147 when we got lost! Was George one of the original Wilsons bouncers always wore a suit and had scar on his face?
    Those passages connected to a club called the 'Timepiece' in Fleet st (at the back of Wood st).

    Someone was telling me that they wandered through the passages from the Wood st side and then went through a doorway and found themselves in the Timepiece club in full throttle ! They had a dance in there then went back over to the Wood st side.

    The passages were for a fire escape exit route. (we think)

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    Quote Originally Posted by H_Asbo View Post
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    I also remember going into Nightriders before it was a biker place. It was a skinhead hangout and its name was something to do with Scotland?
    Wracking my brains and getting 'Swinging Sporran'? but not sure, that was a long time ago, and only went there to see a band ( can't even remember bands name ) but I was in Leathers and the skins gave me no hassle then either.

    In the words of Foz "Happy Days"
    Was it called the Tartan bar ?

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    why has this thread been moved to 'Architecture Discussion' ?

    i couldnt find it, i had to go to google and do a search on wilsons bar, wood street

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